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Mood Disorders

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a mood disorder?

A mood disorder is a medical condition that makes it hard for you to control your mood or emotions. Your mood can affect your personality, behavior, and outlook on life. A mood disorder is also called an affective disorder.

What increases my risk for a mood disorder?

What are the signs and symptoms of a mood disorder?

How is a mood disorder diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your medical and social history. He or she will ask if you have ever wanted to hurt yourself or others. Tell him or her if you have people in your life who support you. Tell him or her about your behaviors, feelings, and relationships with others. Your answers will help determine which treatment is best for you.

How is a mood disorder treated?

Treatment will depend on the cause of your mood disorder and how severe your symptoms are. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. 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.

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