When an individual has a mood disorder, his or her general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with circumstances and interferes with their ability to function. You may be extremely sad and irritable (depression), or you may have periods of depression alternating with being ecstatic and excessively happy (mania). Anxiety disorders can also affect your mood and often occur along with depression. 

Examples of mood disorders include:

For most people, mood disorders can be successfully treated with medications and psychotherapy.  If you feel like your emotions are interfering with your work, relationships, social activities or other parts of your life, are having trouble with drinking or using drugs, or are having suicidal thoughts or behaviors, you may have a mood disorder and should consult a professional. Your mood disorder is unlikely to resolve on its own and may become worse over time. 

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    Dr. Robin Kroll
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