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Mood Disorders - Treatment, Symptoms and Causes

What is Mood Disorders? Causes of Mood Disorders. What is the symptoms of Mood Disorders? Treatment of Mood Disorders. Prevention to avoid Mood Disorders. Withdrawal symptoms of Mood Disorders.

What is Mood Disorders?

Given the higher incidence of mood disorders being reported in, it is essential that you take a closer look at the same to better understand the issue. The term mood disorder can apply to various mood disorders such as maniac disorder, anxiety disorder, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder and much more. Approximately, nearly 19 million adults, of various age groups are affected by the same, and sadly, some do not seek treatment for their condition until it becomes too late. An early diagnosis can make all the difference, and can even lead the patient to resume their normal life.

Treatment can take various forms, from regular counseling sessions to fitness regimens; one of the reasons for the differing treatment methodology being adopted by various clinics and doctors to treat this condition is that, little is still understood about this condition. If your loved one starts displaying varying moods within a short span of time, displaying all extremes from manic depression to agitation (for no reason at all), then it could well be a symptom of mood disorder. This is why it is important to consult a health professional at the earliest, since an early diagnosis can lead to cure and rehabilitation.

Causes of Mood Disorders.

Given the higher incidence of mood disorders being reported in, it is essential that you take a closer look at the same to better understand the issue. The term mood disorder can apply to various mood disorders such as maniac disorder, anxiety disorder, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder and much more. Approximately, nearly 19 million adults, of various age groups are affected by the same, and sadly, some do not seek treatment for their condition until it becomes too late. An early diagnosis can make all the difference, and can even lead the patient to resume their normal life.

Treatment can take various forms, from regular counseling sessions to fitness regimens; one of the reasons for the differing treatment methodology being adopted by various clinics and doctors to treat this condition is that, little is still understood about this condition. If your loved one starts displaying varying moods within a short span of time, displaying all extremes from manic depression to agitation (for no reason at all), then it could well be a symptom of mood disorder. This is why it is important to consult a health professional at the earliest, since an early diagnosis can lead to cure and rehabilitation.

What is the symptoms of Mood Disorders?

Some of the known symptoms of mood disorder happen to be –

  • Feeling suicidal
  • Often thinks out loud about suicide and even researches the various methods for the same
  • Lack of interest in social activities
  • Remains withdrawn
  • Feeling unduly pessimistic
  • Wild mood swings, from elation to downright pessimism
  • Being hyperactive
  • Being obsessive
  • Being impulsive and making rash decisions

Treatment of Mood Disorders.

When it comes to treatment, most physicians advise a course of therapy, counseling including prescribing certain medications, with psychoactive properties. The issue though is that much is yet to be understood about mood disorders or what causes the patient to develop the same , for a specific period. If you feel that you have been suffering from wide ranging moods, and that it is interfering with your normal life, then you need to consult your physician right away.

Post assessment and diagnosis, your doctor would suggest a course of psychotherapy, counseling sessions along with prescribing certain drugs to correct any imbalance of chemicals in your brain. Apart from this, your counselors may even suggest personality building exercises as well as a healthy fitness workout, both of which are designed to trick your brain into releasing more of the 'feel good” hormone Dopamine.

Prevention to avoid Mood Disorders.

Since this condition is only now being investigated in full, it is yet hard to determine what can help prevent a healthy adult from developing mood disorders. However, what most therapists agree on, is that a busy social life, with regular exercises and fitness workouts, should help the person to maintain a positive outlook. And of course, it goes without saying that it is essential that you ensure you communicate your feelings and emotions to those around you and avoid keeping everything bottled up.

Withdrawal symptoms of Mood Disorders.

Your doctors may prescribe a course of mood altering drugs to enable you to fight the long term effects of depression and to help treat your mood disorders. While these drugs on their own are not considered to be addictive, you will experience some of the withdrawal symptoms, should you stop taking the medication for one reason or the other. Some of the withdrawal symptoms include –

  • Dry or cottonmouth
  • Becoming more reclusive and withdrawn
  • Relapsing to the ‘mood disorder’ phase
  • Showing extreme irritability for no reason at all
  • Being fatigued, tired all the time

These are some of the withdrawal symptoms that you are bound to face, should you stop taking the prescribed medication to help treat your mood disorder.

Popular Questions & Answers

I was on risdone (2, dicorate (750, inderal la (40) given by a psychiatrist for anger issues. However I recently left those medicines abruptly as I don’t feel the need to continue them. And there seems to be no anger at all ever since then. However I have been having severe headaches since I left these medications.

Ph.D Psychology, M.Phil - Psychology
Psychologist, Jaipur
Dear user when we are aware about our problem we are able to control but we have to control it in a proper way. You are too young and taking these tablets, it’s not good for your physical as well as your mental health. If you don’t want to tak...

Hello doctor, I am a bi polar disorder patient. So I undergone so many episodes. Please tell me about visual hallucination i.e. Imaging ourself as a god and imaging other person as a god. In my episodes I believed strongly this. So I started to talk with unknown persons .so I faced lot of problems. Still now I am not get a answer that visual hallucination is not real. I thought tv serial dialogues, adds, films are also helping me in my life through god. So please please reply me to recover from this thought doctor. My mom helped me lot to recover from this by admitting in hospital and I got recovered now but also still taking medicines like nexito plus, ativan 2 mg, sultipac 50. But in my in-depth mind always saying god helped you is true that is not fake. Those who are all you saw as a god that is only true like this. I am married and I have one daughter aged 7. I had this problem still 2011. For my family I am controlling myself and saying to me ,that is fake it's all your imagination. Please think about your daughter future. And etc. Like this I am controlling myself. So please reply me to overcome from this thought. Please save my life from your valuable reply doctor. Thank you so much.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, your feelings of imagining yourself as god will be there in your mind. But you act out on it, only during the manic episodes like talking to strangers. Of course, if you act out on it, you will face lot of problems. You may worr...
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I have been feeling awfully hungover for the past 9 months. It all started after a night of drinking last summer. I woke up in the morning with a hangover, and it lasted for two days, then one more, and so on. I have absolutely no explanation for it. General health condition: healthy 23 years old male, no known health problems before. 7 years smoker, occasional drinker, in good physical shape. Financial, personal, and general situation very positive, no reason for sadness in general. Symptoms: - waking up every morning with horrible internal tremors which last for the whole day, eye-popping headache, extreme numbing especially in the face area, very dry lips and feelings of extreme thirst. - inability to sleep less than 10 hours with constant waking up after ~6 hours of sleep. - nightmares and very vivid dreams. - anxiety, feeling of impending doom all the time, inability to socialize without constantly shaking. Personal life taking a huge toll. - depression. - bruxism, teeth grinding all day, teeth hurt and some of them are chipped already. - muscle pain and stiffness. Involuntary muscle cramps in the morning. - mental fog. Things I have tried: - went to psychiatrist, taking lexapro (10 mg/day), mirtazapine (30 mg/evening), alprazolam (1 mg/day) for the past 6 months (they barely scratch the issue). - did multiple tests at multiple doctors (blood and stool tests, abdominal echography, got sinuses checked) - treated h. Pylori infection that was found when doing stool tests (have not re-done stool tests to confirm infection was treated) - converting to the healthiest lifestyle possible: quit drinking, quit smoking, lots of sport. - tried many diets: keto, vegetarian, vegan, low-fat, low-cholesterol, generally healthy food, no fried stuff - tried supplements: l-thiamine, nac, cbd, probiotics, multi-vitamins, calcium, magnesium. Things I thought about trying: - doing a brain scan. - talking to psychiatrist about changing medication (don't think it would do much). What could my condition be? I am very close to giving up, this feels like it has no end. If anybody has any idea what this could be, or knows about a similar experience, and could point me in any direction, I would appreciate it very much.

M. S. in Psychotherapy and Counselling
Psychologist, Jaipur
Hi, agreed with Dr. saranaya's answer. I would like to add one more thing to her answer that you should take a few cognitive behavior therapy sessions from a good psychotherapist. You might be having some deep down issues which you can solve with ...

I am in depression and a lot of exam stress as I am a medical pg aspirant and a doctor, I am using few medications, bupropion 300 mg, lamotrigine 200 mg, venlafaxine 37. 5 mg, aripiprazole 5 mg, pacitane 2 mg, rabeprazole and ondansetron, these r prescribed drugs by a psychiatrist but I myself take. Few medications since 4 years to help with my studies, stimulants (legal ones) to be specific, modafinil 200 mg, selegiline 5 mg, caffeine 220 mg, and the problem now is I never smoked in my life, although I used to drink one year before, only one year I used to drink, was a social occasional drinker and never had cravings and have been alcohol free since a year, but now although I never smoked before, I feel like smoking to relieve my stress despite taking so many drugs, I am still suffering, feel like crying and lack of motivation to study unless I take stimulants, so smoking cravings without even smoking ever before is my problem, I don't know why?, I was maybe a bit influenced by looking at movies and my friends all around me who smoke whenever they r stressed out, which helps with them actually, maybe I thought smoking a bit might relieve stress and make me motivated a bit so I start studying again, can any psychiatrist can help me with this problem? And explain why I am having cravings ?(note: the bupropion I am using is for depression not for smoking cessation), please help me find a solution, I would take a consult as well if somebody who r addiction specialist who can help me with my problem and explain what I am going thru, thank you.

M.B.B.S, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Ghaziabad
Its probably due to social learning from your intimate environment where you would have seen people taking about/ experiencing stress and smoking simultaneously. Other probable reason is the use of stimulants which usually provokes tolerance with ...
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60 years age. Taking vertin, liver tonic, neurobion as prescribed previously. Symptoms are often associated with changing daily routine. Lethargy and mentally stressed and headache complaint plus heaviness in whole head. Acidity problem plus unable to maintain balance of body. Mri is normal and ct scan normal. No diabetes or bp. Fever due to lethargy and unable to sleep properly at night.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear Nupur, At the age of 63 years, many medical illnesses need to be ruled out. Just MRI and CT normal are not enough. Fever is not a symptom of psychological disorder. May be feverish feeling. You have to inform about lot more details to diagnose.

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