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7 Reasons You're in a Bad Mood That Can Actually Be Serious

US News & World Report - Health Logo By Anna Medaris Miller of US News & World Report - Health | Slide 1 of 8: When patients visit Dr. Jennifer Caudle, an osteopathic family physician near Philadelphia, their complaints aren’t always – or even often – only physical. “I’m just not feeling myself.” “I’m irritable.” “I’m annoyed,” they frequently say. That’s when Caudle does some detective work. If she can rule out serious mental health conditions like clinical depression and verifies they’re not at risk of hurting themselves or others, there are a host of medical conditions that could be causing or contributing to their slump. “Our mood can be affected by so many things,” says Caudle, also an associate professor at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Here are some of the more serious examples:

Why so sad?

When patients visit Dr. Jennifer Caudle, an osteopathic family physician near Philadelphia, their complaints aren’t always – or even often – only physical. “I’m just not feeling myself.” “I’m irritable.” “I’m annoyed,” they frequently say. That’s when Caudle does some detective work. If she can rule out serious mental health conditions like clinical depression and verifies they’re not at risk of hurting themselves or others, there are a host of medical conditions that could be causing or contributing to their slump. “Our mood can be affected by so many things,” says Caudle, also an associate professor at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Here are some of the more serious examples:
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