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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 are different types of depression. This means that there are different diagnosis and treatments for each type of depression. Learn more here.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects mood where people swing between extremes of depression and mania.

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What is Bipolar mood disorder ?

Bipolar mood disorder is a form of depressive disorder that used to be called manic depressive illness. People with bipolar mood disorder experience extreme mood swings - from depression and sadness to elation and excitement. The mood swings tend to recur, can vary from mild to severe, and can be of different duration.

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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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What is bipolar disorder? | Bipolar disorder | ReachOut Australia

Learn about the symptoms, causes & different types of bipolar disorder. Find what can you do next if you get diagnosed with this type of a mood disorder.

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How does omega-3 affect mood?

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Bipolar disorder

Trusted information about bipolar disorder, including types, symptoms, diagnosis, causes and treatments of bipolar disorder from leading Australian health organisations.

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Understanding bipolar disorder - for young people

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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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Depression and Bipolar Clinic | Black Dog Institute

The Depression and Bipolar Clinic provides a psychiatric consultancy service to your GP, psychologist or psychiatrist to help manage your mood disorder.

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Common emotional problems in parents with new babies

A number of emotional problems can arise when youre pregnant or have had a baby. Sometimes these emotional problems are all just called postnatal depression. This is not correct and can be misleading, especially since problems can arise during pregnancy too.

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