Surprising Signs of Mood Disorders

You may be unaware you are experiencing the signs of a mood disorder

Although depression is the most common mood disorder, there are others to be aware of. Bipolar disorder, Dysthymia and Substance-Induced Mood disorders are also common.


Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mood disorder that causes severe high and low mood changes. People with this disorder are usually on one extreme, they are overly happy or overly sad, no in between.

Depression: Depression is a bit more severe than Dysthymia. A person suffering from Depression is usually in a constant state of sadness. They usually suffer from insomnia, feelings of worthlessness, digestive disorders and even thoughts of suicide. Treatment is usually the best option, because without it, the symptoms can last from weeks to years.


Dysthymia: Dysthymia is long term depression. People with this disorder rarely experience feelings of happiness. They are usually sad, have low self-esteem and experience feelings of hopelessness.

Substance-Induced Mood Disorders: Substance-Induced Mood Disorders is a form of depression that can be caused or precipitated by the use of alcohol, drugs and medications. A person with this disorder may experience a disturbance in their mood. After using the substance they may feel depressed or their mood may be heightened.

*Others include: seasonal affective disorder, postpartum depression, cyclothymia and schizoaffective disorder.[slideshow:82080]

No one wants to be in a state of mental and physical anguish, becoming someone they are not, and ruining relationships with the people they love. Below are Surprising Signs of Mood Disorders. If you are experiencing these signs, you may be unaware you are actually experiencing a mood disorder. Always remember, you are not alone. Seek professional help and treatment will be provided.

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Trouble Sleeping/Sleeping too much

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Do you have trouble getting to sleep? Maybe you have a hard time waking up? Well, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much can be associated with forms of depression or bipolar disorder. Try and track your sleep patterns, this way you will know if you are undergoing any type of mood disorder.


Lost Interest in Things You Used to Enjoy

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Have you started to lose interest in things that you used to enjoy? Maybe, you are participating in your usually recreational activities but you’re not having any fun. This could be a sign you may have a mood disorder.



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You know your experiencing a migraine when you have severe pain in one or both sides of your head. Migraines can be a sign you have a mood disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Researchers have suggested that a common predisposition to anxiety disorders, depression, and migraines may exist. Migraines and chronic daily headaches are common in people who suffer from anxiety disorders.“ they can also “precede the onset of mental disorders.”


Chest Pain

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Chest pain can be associated with depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 3 in 20 Americans with heart disease experience depression compared to the 1 in 20 average of people without heart disease. Patients with heart disease who are depressed tend to have more cardiac symptoms than those who are not depressed (Everyday HEALTH).”


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