Depression Related Mood Disorders

Depression rears its ugly head in a number of different disorders. Many of the symptoms are similiar, but the severity and treatments are different. Here is a listing of some of the mood disorders associated with depression:

Dysthymia: If you have Dysthymia, you may feel mildly depressed on most days over a period of at least two years. They have many symptoms resembling major depression, but with less severity.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: SAD has symptoms that are seen with any major depressive episode. What differentiates SAD from other depressions is the recurrence of the symptoms during the winter.

Postpartum Depression is a type of depression that can occur in women who have recently given birth. It typically occurs in the first few months after delivery, but can happen within the first year after giving birth. The symptoms are those seen with any major depressive episode. Postpartum depression is different from the “Baby Blues”, which tend to occur the first few days after delivery and resolve spontaneously.

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2 Responses to “Depression Related Mood Disorders”

  1. carol said:

    i have mood swings ,i cant even focus on spending time with my kids.i have just broke up with bf and he was always there for me i think he knows my moods cause he always tells me i have 2 personalitys but now i cant live without him i am so hurt,and was wanting a friend to just listen but cant find anybodyi just want to say what happen and asking advice what to do without him

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  2. Heather said:

    See a doctor today.  You say “You cannot live without someone” and that indicates you may be thinking about suicide.  You need help now.

    And, never allow someone’s opinion of you determine how you feel about yourself.

    I recommend you go to a doctor and tell him what you told me. Mood swings may be an indication of a chemical disorder. Also, tell the doctor about any medications you are taking, as some of them may be causing your mood to swing. Talk about your day to day stress.

    I also recommend you keep a journal. At night, write about your day, and rate it from a 1 to a 10 where 1 is a great day and 10 is a stressed out horrible day. Take that to yoru doctor and see if there are patterns. Write down what you eat…sometimes mood swings can be related to a reaction to certain foods.

    Don’t see this period as “I lost my boyfriend, I dont know how to live.” See this as a chance to change your life for the better.

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