Mood Disorder

Mood Disorder Defined:
Mood is a state of mind or emotion, and more than 20 million people in the United States will be affected by varying types of mood disorders in their lifetime. Mood Disorder symptoms can be described as either low (see Depression and Dysthymic Disorder) or a combination of high and low (see Bipolar Disorder and Cyclothymic Disorder). The types of Mood Disorders mentioned above have different criteria for diagnosis; however, individuals may experience changes in some of the following areas:

Symptoms/Signs of Mood Disorder:

  • Changes in Mood, Concentration, Activity Level, Social Behavior, Thinking, Energy, Daily Activity, Sleep Patterns, Appetite, Speech, Sex Drive, Self-Esteem, and/or Interpersonal Relations
  • A Long-Lasting, Unexplained Depressed Mood
  • Manic Depression (see Bipolar Disorder)

BMS Treatment Options for Mood Disorder:

Depression Screening can help determine the nature of the Mood Disorder symptoms and direct treatment. Professional Counseling Services is used to assist the patient in recognizing illness patterns and developing coping techniques for various types of Mood Disorders. Behavior Management Systems’ Major Mental Illness program will help adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. Family Outreach is an effective program for children and adolescents struggling with various types of mood disorders. Medication Management will often be introduced to the treatment plan. With modern, effective, and safe medications, most individuals experiencing one or more types of Mood Disorders can live useful and productive lives. However, if left untreated, episodes tend to recur and may continue throughout life with increasing frequency and severity.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on treatment options.

More Information about Mood Disorder from the National Institutes of Health


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