Mood disorders refer to conditions that disturb our mood to the point where it becomes difficult to function in relationships or at work. Depression and bipolar disorder are both classified as mood disorders. People’s lived experience with mood disorders vary greatly, however mood disorders can cause a person to withdraw from social contact or hide their real feelings from people close to them.
If you think that you, or someone close to you could be dealing with a mood disorder, find out more about the symptoms, treatments and next steps below.
Bipolar disorder is a mental-health condition in which people experience periods of depression and mania. Learn about its symptoms and treatment.
Depression - an overview
Depression is a common condition, affecting how you feel, think and act. It’s often treatable and likely to improve with a doctor’s support.
Depression in children
If your child has symptoms of depression, it's best to seek professional help. Find out more about depression and children.
Depression in teenagers
One in five children and adolescents is affected by mental health problems and disorders. Find out about depression and young people.
Signs of depression in men
Men don't like to admit when they are under stress or feeling depressed. Find out how to get them to open up.
Depression and older people
Older people are less likely than young people to report depression, but it's vital that they recognise, and get support for, mental health concerns.
How to deal with depression
Telling people you have depression and getting help is not easy, here's some ways to manage your illness. Find out more about dealing with depression.
How to help someone with depression
It's not easy to know how to help someone with depression. Learn to recognise the signs, how to talk to someone with depression and where to get help.
Melancholia (melancholic depression)
Melancholia is a type of depression, sometimes referred to as melancholic depression. Read more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment here.
We all feel down sometimes, but if feelings of sadness or worry last more than 2 weeks, it may be a sign of depression or other mental condition.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that only appears at certain times of the year. Learn how treatment can make a difference.
The Mixed Depression & Anxiety Course
The Mixed Depression & Anxiety Course is an online course created to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.