Those who suffer from a mood disorder are at a greater risk of becoming dependent on drugs and alcohol, and must often gain control of their condition to achieve sobriety.
What are Mood Disorders?
Mood disorders are a category of psychological disorders in which a patient’s mood is negatively affected. While everyone feels sad or depressed occasionally, someone who is suffering from a mood disorder may experience those negative emotions on an ongoing basis. The U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that nearly 10 percent of all adults in the United States have a mood disorder. Some common mood disorders include:
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Cyclothymia, which is similar to bipolar disorder but involves less dramatic ups and downs
- Dysthymia, or chronic, low-grade depression that lasts more than two years
- Substance-induced Mood Disorder
Signs of Mood Disorders
Each mood disorder has its own outward signs; however, you may notice a few of the following, regardless of the type of mood disorder you or your loved one is suffering from:
- Relationship problems
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Changes in appetite, resulting in weight loss or weight gain
- Physical complaints, such as headaches or stomach aches, that do not respond well to medical treatment
- Hostility or aggression
Changes in Behavior
Those with a mood disorder often tend to lose interest in things they once enjoyed doing and may become withdrawn socially as a result. They may have recurring thoughts of suicide and say things such as “I wish I were dead”, or “Everyone would be better off without me.” These statements are often followed by a suicide attempt just a short time later.
Physical and Mental Symptoms of Mood Disorders
Certain people are predisposed to mood disorders than others. For example, those with a family history of mood disorders are more likely to experience one themselves. Many times, a stressful life event such as a divorce or loss of a job can bring about a mood disorder. If either of these things describes someone you know, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Unexplained crying spells
- Prolonged sadness
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss in energy
- Unexplained physical aches and pains
How North Coast Recovery Can Help
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