Identifying the Different Types of Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are mental health issues that can display themselves with characteristics of mood-altering symptoms. There are a few different types of mood disorders, and identifying which one you may be experiencing can be helpful to identify what type of treatment may be best for your needs. Find out more about the various types of mood disorders to help better determine what you or a loved one may be experiencing.

What are Mood Disorders?

It’s normal for humans to experience a wide range of emotions. But, those who experience mood disorders live with symptoms that severely affect their moods for a long period of time, which can lead to debilitating side effects as the result of these symptoms. For example, leading to difficulties with work, maintaining personal responsibility, personal relationships, and more. Generally, people with mood disorders have trouble managing their emotions and experience severe episodes of sadness, anxiety, fear, or other debilitating emotions.

Identifying Depressive Mood Disorders

Depressive mood disorders are mental health issues that are characterized by periods of extreme sadness that are debilitating to daily life. These mood disorders are thought to be developed by various causes including traumatic experiences, genetics, environmental issues, and hormonal imbalances. There are a number of types of depressive disorders, and identifying the type of depressive disorder a person may be experiencing may help to pinpoint the treatments that can be most effective.

Some of the various types of depressive disorders include:

-Generalized Depression
-Postpartum Depression
-Dysthymia (Persistent Depressive Disorder)
-SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
-Psychotic Depression

Identifying Bipolar Disorders

Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder that’s characterized by severe episodes of both mania and depression. During manic episodes, a number of symptoms can display including:

  • lack of sleep
  • high energy
  • talking at a fast speed
  • delusions of grandeur
  • not being able to focus
  • hallucinations
  • delusional thoughts

During depressive episodes that characterize bipolar disorder, individuals may experience:

  • feelings of hopelessness
  • sleep issues
  • aggression and irritability
  • partaking in risky behaviors (substance use, unprotected sex, etc.)
  • racing, unwanted thoughts
  • sadness

There are different types of bipolar disorders and they differ due to the manic/depressive episodes that a person may experience. For example, some types of bipolar disorders are characterized by more severe mania and others are not. On the other hand, others may have longer episodes of depression and less mania. Regardless, all types of bipolar disorders are characterized by various stages of both mania and depression.

Getting a Diagnosis for Mood Disorders

A mental health assessment performed by professional mental health specialists is required in order for a diagnosis of mood disorders to be determined. During the assessment, individuals can expect to be questioned about their family history, medical history, history of previously utilized mental health treatments, and their experienced symptoms. All of this information and a physical evaluation will help to determine whether or not a person may be living with a mood disorder. After assessment and diagnosis, individuals can expect to be provided tools for treatment in order to better manage symptoms of mood disorders. This way, they can live out their lives with mental well-being.

Treatment for Mood Disorders at Delray Brain Science

Delray Brain Science offers a variety of treatments for people living with mood disorders. We believe that a combination of treatments is the most successful way to manage the symptoms of mood disorders. And, develop individualized approaches to treatments for individuals so that individual needs are met. Learn more about our outpatient approach to mood disorder treatment on our website today.