A mood disorder primarily affects a person’s emotional state. It’s normal for moods to change, depending on the situation; however, those with a mood disorder may have symptoms for several weeks or longer that impact their ability to perform daily activities like going to work or school.
Mood disorders include depression and its subtypes, bipolar disorder and its subtypes, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.
Each mood disorder has different symptoms or different patterns of symptoms. Mood disorders typically have symptoms that affect your emotions, sleep, eating habits, energy level, and thinking.
In general, depressive mood disorder symptoms include:
- Feeling sad most of the time or nearly every day
- Low energy or feeling tired
- Feeling worthless or hopeless
- Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Thoughts about death or suicide
- Sleeping too much or not enough
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Loss of appetite or overeating
Manic or hypomanic episodes generally include:
- Feeling extremely energized or elated
- Rapid speech or movement
- Agitation, restlessness, or irritability
- Risk-taking behavior, such as spending more money than usual or driving recklessly
- Racing thoughts
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
Treatment for mood disorders might include medication, psychotherapy, or brain stimulation therapy. Our board-certified providers are available to provide diagnosis, treatment, and support through your mental health journey.