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Mood disorders

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.


There’s more to depression than ‘the blues’. If you’re sad for weeks, lack energy or no longer enjoy things you used to, you could be depressed.

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What is bipolar mood disorder?

This brochure talks about bipolar mood disorder, its symptoms and possible causes, treatment options and where to go for help.

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Treatment for depression information, Symptom of manic depression test for mood disorders

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How does omega-3 affect mood?

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Bipolar Disorder | WayAhead

What Is Bipolar mood disorder? Bipolar disorder is persistent changes in mood, characterised by periods of either very elevated moods (hypomania or mania) or very low moods (depression). A person can fluctuate between high moods and low moods (mood swings). Mood swings are episodic and in between these episodes the

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Bipolar affective disorder (BPAD) is a psychological illness that involves severe mood swings

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Seasonal affective disorder -

Seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression striking in the autumn and winter months, can be treated with bright light therapy.

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Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that is linked into the years seasonal changes

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Quitting Smoking: Managing the Associated Mood Changes | myVMC

For some, smoking is used as an avenue to relieve negative moods, to relax and reduce emotional distress. While smoking may appear to provide these psychological benefits, it is also associated with increased levels of stress and depression. Smokers report high or very high levels of psychological distress 20% of the time, compared to 10% of the time in non-smokers.

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