Mood Disorders

Mood disorders presents itself in a myriad of ways. Experiences of the condition — whether subtle or severe — will depend on the individual, which is why a ‘one size fits all’ model should be rejected. Nonetheless, here are some common physical, behavioural and psychological indicators of mood disorders:

Physical Symptoms

  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Headaches and nausea
  • Fatigue, low energy
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Feeling sick or run down
  • Loss of libido

Behavioural Symptoms

  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Substance dependence or abuse
  • Difficulties with work (employment/school)
  • Participating less in usual activities
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Lack of motivation
  • Frequent crying

Psychological Symptoms

  • Anger, irritability
  • Pessimism or hopelessness
  • Misery or sadness
  • Guilt
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Lack of pleasure
  • Anxiety
  • Detachment or apathy
  • Suicidal thoughts

When should I see a health professional?

It is important to have a discussion with a medical or mental health professional about what symptoms are being experienced so that an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan can be developed together.    

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