What are Mood Disorders?
Most people feel anxious or depressed at times. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, nervous, or anxious. These feelings are normal reactions to life's stressors.
But some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning. These people may have an anxiety disorder, depression, or both. It is not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The good news is that these disorders are both treatable, separately and together.
When disturbing moods last for more than two weeks and interfere with daily activities such as taking care of family, spending time with friends, or going to work or school, it is important and may be imperative to seek professional help by a healthcare provider.
Important! Some people with major depression may feel that life is not worth living and some will attempt to end their lives. If you or any one you know are having suicidal thoughts, talk to someone who can help immediately. Call 800-273-TALK . Or the emergency line of your local hospital or 911.
Some forms of mood disorders are:
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia
• Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Social Anxiety Disorders
• Specific Phobias