Treatment for Bipolar, Depression, and Other Mood Disorders
Mood disorders are categorized by severe changes in mood to the point where excessive and inappropriate depression or elation occurs. Depression is often characterized by experiencing a low mood nearly every day, lack of interest or pleasure, exaggerate guilt or feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, sleep and weight changes, irritability, and/or thoughts of suicide.
Bipolar disorder is associated with symptoms of depression and mania or hypomania. Mania is a distinct mood shift in which a person feels high, hyper, excited and/or irritable most days, nearly every day for a specified period of time. Symptoms of mania can also include impulsive, self-destructive behaviours, lack of sleep without feeling tired, racing thoughts, rapid speech, and/or exaggerated sense of confidence.
Episodes of depression and mania can involve suicidal thoughts and behaviours and people can experience psychotic symptoms. A careful clinical assessment is needed to provide diagnostic clarification.
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