We all feel sad or irritated from time to time, but mood disorders are much different than the ups and downs in a person's life. Mood disorders are mental conditions characterized by persistent feelings of sadness or periods of feeling overly happy, or fluctuating between extreme happiness and extreme sadness. These feelings are stronger and persistent, and interfere with every aspect of a person's life.
Mood disorders can include:
Depressive Mood Symptoms include: loss of interest in pleasurable or even normal activities, guilt, fatigue, changes in appetite and sleep, irritability, difficulty concentrating, trouble engaging in daily tasks and relationships and suicidal thoughts.
Bipolar disorder also can cause elevated moods (mania) that are accompanied by feelings of euphoria, grandiosity, extreme energy and heightened arousal.
Treatments for mood disorders include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. Alegent Creighton Health also offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is a safe, non-invasive treatment that is effective in treating depression that does not respond to medication. With treatment, most people with mood disorders feel better and can lead productive lives.
If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from a mood disorder, call 402-717-HOPE.
If you are considering suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK has trained volunteers and counselors who can help you. The Boys Town National Hotline, 1-800-448-3000 is a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line.