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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.

Bipolar disorder

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.

Depression in men

Men who experience depression may find it hard to talk about because it is not seen as masculine. Learn here about how you can support a man with depr...

Depression in older people

Older people are less likely than younger people to report depression, but it's important they can recognise, and get support for mental health concer...

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.

Sadness

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.

Anxiety and Depression Program

The Mixed Depression & Anxiety Course is an online course created to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

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