At some point in life, everyone experiences times when they are “in a bad mood” or are “moody”. These feeling are very common and are not what is defined as a mood disorder. Mood disorders are when a “general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances” according to the Mayo Clinic.
There are four main types of mood disorders:
- Bipolar disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
One of every eight Americans suffers from depression at least once in their lifetime. Estimates show that about 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year alone, but only half will receive treatment. Bipolar disorder is less common with only about 1 percentage of the population being diagnosed. SAD, which is most prevalent in the winter months, affects more women than men. The majority of SAD cases appear in those age 18 to 30, with few occurrences in older adults. Mania, while also a symptom of bipolar disorder, is unusual behavior such as excessive energy, grandiose thinking and extreme irritability.
At Haven Behavioral Hospital of Phoenix, our dedicated staff of physician and clinicians conduct thorough assessments, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to determine the patient’s specific type of mood disorder and to provide the most effective treatment options.