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Mood Disorders


A mood disorder, or affective disorder, is a condition that causes your mood or emotions to be out of control. Your mood can affect your personality and how you act. It can also affect how you feel about yourself and life in general.



  • Medicines can help control your moods.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return for regular visits or blood tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Try to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Contact your healthcare provider if you have trouble sleeping.
  • Manage your stress. Learn new ways to relax, such as deep breathing or meditation.
  • Talk to someone about how you feel. Join a support group. Talk to your healthcare provider, family, or friends about your feelings. Tell them about things that upset you.
  • Exercise regularly. Ask about the best exercise plan for you. Most healthcare providers recommend 30 minutes each day, 5 days a week. Exercise helps to lower stress and manage your moods.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You are depressed.
  • You feel anxious or worried.
  • You begin to drink alcohol, or you drink more than usual.
  • You take illegal drugs.
  • You take medicines that are not prescribed to you.
  • Your medicine causes you to feel drowsy, keeps you awake, or affects how much you eat.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have severe depression.
  • You want to hurt yourself or others.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.