DEPRESSION AND MOOD DISORDERS
Feeling strong emotions about the loss of a loved one, a failed exam, or any number of upsetting events is perfectly normal. Mood disorders are when those normal emotions become more intense, persistent, unusual, or otherwise disruptive to everyday life. A depressive episode involves pervasive sadness or irritability. In contrast, a manic episode involves abnormally elevated, expansive, or irritable mood and is a sign of bipolar disorder.
Mood disorders can be very serious. Episodes tend to last at least one or two weeks but can last much longer, especially if untreated. No matter the severity or duration, there is help available and recovery is possible. Seeking counseling is a very important step to begin your recovery and help manage or prevent future episodes.
Signs of Depression & Mood Disorders
Persistent depressed or elevated mood
Lack of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities
Unplanned changes in weight or appetite
Clear disruption in sleeping patterns
Behavior that is more withdrawn or more high-risk than usual
Coping Tips for Depression & Mood Disorders
Keep a journal of your mood and experiences (both positive and negative).
Stick to a consistent, healthy routine for sleep, diet, and exercise.
Identify small positive changes and continue to build on them.
Speak to others regularly and take care not to isolate yourself.
Have daily self-care anchors such as going on a walk or doing a puzzle.