Depression and Mood Disorders

Depression and Mood Disorders Treatment Specialist Q&A

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Depression and Mood Disorders Treatment Near Me in Boynton Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Stuart, FL, and Wellington, FL
Depression and Mood Disorders Treatment Near Me in Boynton Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Stuart, FL, and Wellington, FL

Table of Contents:

What are the 5 mood disorders?
What is the difference between a mood disorder and depression?
What are the 4 types of depression?
When should you see a doctor about mood swings?

What are the 5 mood disorders?


A mood disorder is considered a mental health class that health professionals use to broadly describe all types of depression and bipolar disorders.

Anyone from children, teens, and adults can have mood disorders. However, children and teens generally do not always have the same symptoms as adults and can be harder to diagnose mood disorders in children because they are not always able to express how they are feeling.

The most common types of mood disorders are:

• Major depression

Showing less interest in usual activities, feeling upset or hopeless, and other symptoms for at least 2 weeks may indicate depression

• Dysthymia

Chronic, low-grade, depressed, or very irritable moods that can last for up to 2 years

• Bipolar disorder

Show periods of depression that alternate with periods of mania or elevated moods

• Mood disorder related to another condition

Many medical illnesses including cancer, infections, chronic illnesses, and injuries can trigger symptoms of depression

• Substance-induced mood disorder

Symptoms of depression are usually due to the effects of medicine, drug abuse, alcoholism, exposure to toxins or other forms of treatment

What is the difference between a mood disorder and depression?


When you have a mood disorder, your emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with the circumstances and interferes with your ability to function. You may become extremely sad, empty inside, or irritable, and may show periods of depression alternating with periods of happiness (mania).

A few examples of mood disorders include:

• Major depressive disorder

Prolonged periods of extreme sadness

• Bipolar disorder

Manic depression or bipolar affective disorder can include alternating times of depression and mania

• Seasonal affective disorder

Form of depression is often associated with fewer daylight hours in the far northern and southern latitudes happening from late fall to early spring

• Cyclothymic disorder

A disorder that can cause emotional ups and downs that are less extreme than bipolar disorder

• Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Mood changes and irritability which occur around the premenstrual phase of a woman’s cycle and go away with the onset of menses

• Persistent depressive disorder

Long-term form of depression

• Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder

Chronic, severe, and persistent irritability in children which often include frequent temper outbursts that are inconsistent with the child’s developmental age

• Depression related to medical illness

Persistent depressed mood and significant loss of pleasure in most or all activities that is directly related to the physical effects of another medical condition

• Depression induced by substance use or medication

Depressive symptoms that develop during or soon after substance use like drugs or alcohol or withdrawal or after exposure to a medication

What are the 4 types of depression?


While there are more than 4 main types of depression, these 4 are some of the most major types we see, they include:

• Situational Depression

This is completely normal to feel, as sadness for extended periods of time can be brought on by a multitude of negative events and isolating situations. However, this type usually goes away after a few weeks.

• Biological Depression

A person’s depressive symptoms start with the imbalance of any of the neurotransmitters or hormones that can affect our mood and physiology.

• Psychological Depression

This is linked to psychological factors like losing perspective, unrealistic expectations, and negative self-talk.

• Existential Depression

This is triggered usually by a positive event

Usually, individuals do not simply suffer from one of the depression types listed above, but a combination of them. However, our trained psychiatrist at Psychiatry of the Palm Beaches can help to diagnose and treat your depression.

When should you see a doctor about mood swings?


Mood swings can be brought on by a few different causes including:

• Acute stress
• Adolescence and hormonal changes
• Disappointment
• Frustration
• Grief
• Hunger
• Low blood sugar
• Menopause
• Menstrual cycle

Mood swings should be evaluated by a medical professional or a mental health provider when they involve violence or start to interfere with a person’s ability to perform the daily tasks and living requirements and make it impossible to concentrate on a task or enjoy life. If you think you or someone you love may have depression or mood disorders, Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you. We are available to go over the testing methods we offer and when a diagnosis is found, we can also offer treatment options specialized for you. We serve patients from Boynton Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Stuart, FL, Wellington, FL, Jupiter FL, Lake Worth FL, West Palm Beach FL, Delray Beach FL, Riviera Beach FL, Century Village FL, Lake Park FL, Forth Piece North, FL, Lakewood Park, FL, Westlake, FL, Loxahatchee Groves, FL and North Palm Beach FL.

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