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Mood Disorders

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Summary

Most people feel sad or irritable from time to time. They may say they're in a bad mood. A mood disorder is different. It affects a person's everyday emotional state. Nearly one in ten people aged 18 and older have mood disorders. These include depression and bipolar disorder (also called manic depression).

Mood disorders can increase a person's risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. Treatments include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. With treatment, most people with mood disorders can lead productive lives.

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  • (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) Also in
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)

Symptoms

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Treatments and Therapies

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)

Related Issues

  • (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)

Specifics

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

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  • (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

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  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health
  • (American Psychological Association)

Children

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
  • (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) - PDF

Teenagers

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Seniors

  • (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)

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