Every once in a while, you feel down or sad. It’s a common feeling that we humans share. We’re stressed from work, we need to look out for the kids, and we sleep less. Those are common things that people encounter in their lives.
Unfortunately, we might not notice it, but we’re already facing something serious. How can we differentiate stress from depression?
Fortunately, mental health treatments are better and more advanced. Additionally, there are online resources that are easy to access. If you’re looking for information online, then we suggest you head to the Pacific Psych Centers website. They have blogs and resources for mood disorders. Plus, you can schedule an online appointment with one of their doctors.
What is a mood disorder?
Mood disorders are mental conditions that change a person’s emotional function. Primarily, they affect their overall mental health and they vary from person to person. A person with a mood disorder can feel anxious, depressed, irritable, and suicidal.
Keep in mind that suicidal tendencies are common but they aren’t always present. And the amount and level of their symptoms are also varied.
Types of mood disorders
There are several kinds of mood disorders. They share some similarities but they are different overall. It’s crucial for you to know and understand their differences. With that knowledge in mind, you’ll have a better chance of dealing with it. Regardless as to whether or not you’re the one with the mood disorder or if you’re dealing with someone else’s.
Here are several types of mood disorders and they include:
- Major depressive disorder. Also known as depression, is a mental disorder that affects a person’s mood, self-esteem, and personal interests. They last for weeks, months, to even years.
- Bipolar disorder. This disorder either comes from genetics or from personal experience. Patients who have this disorder has an abnormal change in their moods. They could either be extremely energetic or extremely sad. Mood swings could last from days to weeks.
- Dysthymia disorder. This mood disorder is similar to depression, but it’s toned down. Basically, it’s a milder version of depression. However, keep in mind that just because it’s mild it doesn’t mean it’s not serious.
Symptoms of mood disorders
Mood disorders have a lot of symptoms and they vary. Some patients show some of them, while others show all of them. It’s highly advised that you keep note of these symptoms. Here’s a list of them:
- Prolonged feelings of sadness
- Extremely low energy levels
- Difficulty in sleeping and relaxing
- Irregular sleeping patterns
- Can’t concentrate properly on work or school
- Regularly feeling bored or lack of motivation
- Low appetite or increased appetite
- Using high levels of alcohol or drugs
- Sensations of indifference or apathy
- Feeling guilty or worthless
- Highly aggressive or easily irritable
- Suicidal thoughts and self-harming
The intenseness of these symptoms is different for each person. Also, the length in which they last are also different. If you’re feeling at least five of these symptoms, then we suggest you seek medical help.
When should I be worried?
As mentioned above, if you are experiencing symptoms that go with mood disorders, then you should go check it out. You shouldn’t wait for it to be more intense and disrupting. It’s better to be safe and sorry and mood disorders are no joke.
Additionally, if another family member or friend is experiencing these symptoms, then you should help them. It’s common for people to shrug off these symptoms.
For starters, you can go to your doctor or a mental health professional. If you’re feeling anxious or you have second thoughts, then you should go with a family member or a close friend. Moral support will work wonders for you, especially during these times.
Mood disorders are a very serious condition and they require treatment immediately. It doesn’t matter if you have the ‘mild’ or the ‘intense’ version. You should always treat them seriously and promptly. I’ll reiterate, if you or a fellow loved one is currently facing a mood disorder. Don’t hesitate to offer them help like motivating them to do exercise and healthy living or better advise them to get help from a professional.
Robert Haynes did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.