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Mood disorders are actually very common in people. This is when your emotional state is in constant flux. It might not even relate to your current life circumstances or ability to function or handle day to day life.

Mood disorders can manifest differently. Being sad and irritable is common (depression), or you can have periods of intense happiness mixed with depression (mania). It is common for mood disorders to increase chances of suicidal tendencies.

Examples of mood disorders include:

–    Major depressive disorder: having long periods of extreme sadness

–    Bipolar disorder: this is depression characterized by periods of mania and depression

–    Cyclothymic Disorder: emotional ups and downs similar to bipolar but less intense

There are many different contributions to mood disorders. This is commonly caused by brain chemical imbalances along with life events that can contribute to these mood disorders.

Of course, anyone can feel sad or depressed at times. Mood disorders can be intense and debilitating. They can crop up at unexpected times and even when life seems to be going very well. People with mood disorders have no control over them.

Having stress in life can cause mood disorders to get worse, but there is not the primary cause behind it. They can be more difficult to handle when life is going wrong. This includes a death in the family, unemployment, and more. If someone in your family has a mood disorder, you are more likely to have one.

Here are some common symptoms of mood disorders:

–    Ongoing sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

–    Feeling hopeless or helpless

–    Having low self-esteem

–    Feeling inadequate or worthless

–    Excessive guilt

–    Repeating thoughts of death or suicide, wishing to die, or attempting suicide (People with this symptom should get treatment right away)

–    Loss of interest in usual activities or activities that were once enjoyed, including sex

–    Relationship problems

–    Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

–    Changes in appetite and/or weight

–    Decreased energy

–    Trouble concentrating

–    A decrease in the ability to make decisions

–    Frequent physical complaints (for example, headache, stomachache, or tiredness) that don’t get better with treatment

–    Running away or threats of running away from home

–    Very sensitive to failure or rejection

–    Irritability, hostility, or aggression

There is no way to reduce the likelihood of a mood disorder, but they can be managed with therapy and medications. If you suffer from a mood disorder, it is essential to get help for it because it can lead to dangerous downs.

There is no obvious cause to mood disorders but they are very common to have, and treatment is available.