Mood disorders are mental health problems that affects you such as mania, depression etc. Here are some of the ways to detect the symptoms of mood disorders.
The common type of mood disorder noticed are depression. Basically it is normal for you to go through altered state of mind, but when you keep developing these feelings over and over again or if interferes with your life, then you may be having a mood disorder.
Some of the symptoms notice are feeling lonely, change in appetite, irritative mood, fatigue, having trouble focusing, engaging in daily duties etc. Mood disorders can also be the result of mania (i.e. elevated mood levels) that delivers symptoms such as high levels of energy, heightened arousal, a grand feeling etc. Note that these feelings are quite strong and last for a longer time interfering with your daily life.
Do keep in mind that symptoms of mood disorders are usually related to what you feel. Though negative feelings may seem normal at the start, it should not be provoked for too long or else you might suffer from intense mood disorder.
Any sudden change in the mood and emotions of a person is termed as mood disorder. The person may show varying extremes of emotions or none at all. There are many types of mood disorders, depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder etc. Mood disorders are common among all from young to old. But it needs a close examination to determine whether it is going out of hand or not. For that one must be aware of the symptoms. The symptoms are almost the same for all the types of mood disorders, but there are differences as well.
The Symptoms of Depression
The symptoms include hyperactivity or isolation behavior, irritability, loss of interest in everything, a feel of uselessness, fatigue, always moody, appetite disorder, insomnia, or excessive sleepiness and in extreme cases suicidal tendency.
The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
This type of depression is seen in women after the labor. They will be restless or completely useless, seems sad always, lack of interest in anything, sudden outburst, over worrying about the baby or complete ignore, anxiety, displeasure in meeting family and friends and frequent thoughts of suicide or death.
Symptoms of Anxiety disorder
People who have anxiety disorder will worry about everything, shows irritability, suffer sleep disorders, fear of losing the control over life, may faint often, and will be afraid to face the world outside.
Symptoms of Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is the nervous breakdown and the person will be unpredictable. They can be of either extreme with regard to behavior and mood. They are happy or sad, hyperactive or complete loss of interest, over socializing or lack of it, insomnia, or oversleeping, irritability etc. When bipolar disorder is left untreated it will lead to psychosis- obsession for things and events, and later leading to have hallucinations. They might feel they have some supernatural powers and will be compelled display the abilities and end up in trouble. They become suspicious of being followed, attacked or being controlled by others. Communicating with them will become difficult as they tend to jump from topics to topics.
A proper diagnosis is significant for suitable treatment if anybody is found to have these symptoms they need to be taken for a thorough examination to make sure that they stay healthy for as long as possible, because mental health is as important as physical health.
Negative mood disorder and its symptoms
- changes in your body
- trouble with relationship
- aggressive mood
- feeling tired and fatigue
- having trouble focussing
- weight gain or weight loss
- a lonely feeling accompanied with sense of hopelessness, helplessness
Heightened mood disorder (often known as hypomania) and its symptoms
- unusual level of high energy
- feeling invincible
- lack of good judgment
- impulsive behaviors
- uncontrollable thoughts
- speaking rapidly or flitting from one topic to another constantly
There are many mood disorders that will often lead to life-threatening situations. You need to seek immediate attention (medical care) if you or someone you know are involved in any of the following symptoms:
- threatening, irrational or even behavior relating to suicides
- hearing voice or seeing things that don’t really exist
- frequent suicidal thoughts
- feelings of killing themselves
Though the exact cause of mood disorder is not known, it is usually linked to the chemicals in the brain that are called the neurotransmitters that controls the moods, feelings and behavior.
Some of the risk factors associated with severe mood disorders are alcohol or drugs, hereditary, personal history, recent death, solitary life, medications etc. The common treatments include consumption of antidepressants, cognitive therapy, group therapy, psychodynamic therapy, support groups etc.
Here are some healthy tips through which you can avoid mood disorders
- Get enough exercise. Exercise keeps you stress free and relieves the unwanted tension from your mind.
- Let it go. Some problems are not worth your time. It will heal itself. Learn to let it go.
- Talk to a person you trust the most.
- Be social. Do not isolate yourself and go in with the crowd. You will be surprised how much you can learn from people.
- Meditation, yoga and other therapies will help you heal.
Mood disorders are just situations and not a disease. Do not be afraid and consult a doctor immediately if you are going through certain symptoms of mood disorder.
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