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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.

Depression - symptoms, types, treatment

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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