Mood disorder is a category of mental health problem that affects children teenagers and adults. There are a number of causes due to which the disorder occurs in individuals and it could be genetic or environmental and a combination of both. There are chemicals in our brain that are responsible for making us feel happy or sad.
The disorder is known to cause depression and if left unchecked an individual can suffer from indefinitely. Teenagers have been found to indulge in drug abuse and violent behavior if they are affected with this disorder
Bipolar disorder risk increases if a relative suffers from the same condition. More females suffer from this condition compared to men. There are different types these disorder and they can be classified as major depression, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder, medical illness mood disorder and mood disorder caused due to substance abuse.
The symptoms of this disorder may vary in a child and an adult. Some of the common symptoms include
- Feeling sad all the time,
- Feeling helpless,
- Low self esteem,
- Feeling inadequate,
- Guilt feeling,
- Wishing death,
- Losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy,
- Difficulty in starting and maintaining relationship,
- Sleep disorders,
- Lack of concentration,
- Feeling tired and loss of energy,
- Drastic changes in weight and appetite,
- Inability to make correct decisions,
- Suicide attempts,
- Running away from work, home or situations,
- Aggressive behavior, not accepting failure or rejection and physical ailments like headache and stomachache.
Most of us when we read the symptoms listed above think that they too suffer from mood disorder. The fact is that a vast majority of us suffer from some form of depression at a certain point of time in life.
Individuals with this disorder have these symptoms over a prolonged period of time and this affects both their personal and professional life. They are unable to get over their feeling of inadequacy and need help in the form of counseling, medication and support from family and friends.
The treatment varies from one individual to the other and a lot of factors that are specific to the patient are taken into consideration before treatment is prescribed. Psychotherapy, family therapy combined with medication works wonders for people afflicted with this disorder.
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