Understanding Mood Disorders: Types and Treatments

Mood disorders are a group of mental health conditions that affect a person's emotional state, causing disturbances in mood regulation and stability.
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Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Mood Disorders FAQ

What are mood disorders?

Mood disorders are conditions that disturb our mood to the point where it becomes difficult to function in relationships or at work. Depression and bipolar disorder are both mood disorders. Peoples’ lived experience with mood disorders varies greatly.

What causes mood disorders?

Mood disorders are caused by traits passed down to you, as well as environmental factors and life events. Environmental factors can include, for example, childhood experiences and stressful life events. Some prescription drugs, such as corticosteroids and medicines for Parkinson's disease, and street drugs also can cause mood disorders.

How common are mood disorders?

Mood disorders are relatively common in adults, with depression and bipolar disorder being the most common. Approximately 7% of adults in the United States have depression, while about 2.8% have bipolar disorder. Mood disorders are commonly seen in children and adolescents — approximately 15% have any mood disorder.

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