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14 Surprising Signs of Mood Disorders

The Active Times Logo By Nicole Dossantos of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 15: Other Mood Disorders:Seasonal Affective Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Cyclothymia and Schizoaffective disorder.

14 Surprising Signs of Mood Disorders

Although depression is the most common mood disorder, there are others to be aware of. Bipolar disorder, Dysthymia and Substance-Induced Mood disorders are also common.

Bipolar Disorder is also known as manic depression. It is a mood disorder that causes severe high and low mood changes. People with this disorder are usually on one extreme, they are overly happy or overly sad, no in between.

Dysthymia is long term depression. People with this disorder rarely experience feelings of happiness. They are usually sad, have low self-esteem and experience feelings of hopelessness.

Depression is a bit more severe than Dysthymia. A person suffering from depression is usually in a constant state of sadness. They usually suffer from insomnia, feelings of worthlessness, digestive disorders and even thoughts of suicide. Treatment is usually the best option, because without it, the symptoms can last from weeks to years.

Substance-Induced Mood Disorders is a form of depression that can be caused or precipitated by the use of alcohol, drugs and medications. A person with this disorder may experience a disturbance in their mood. After using the substance they may feel depressed or their mood may be heightened

Other mood disorders include Seasonal Affective Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Cyclothymia and Schizoaffective Disorder.

If you are experiencing these signs, you may be unaware you are actually experiencing a mood disorder. Always remember, you are not alone. Seek professional help and treatment will be provided.

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