Mood Disorders

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Defining Mood

Mood, simply put, is a state, which is separate from emotion. Mood can be characterized as an affective state that is of lower intensity than emotion, but a state that is longer in duration.

Mood impacts every person in every aspect of their daily lives. It effects the way people think about themselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around them. Moods can last for prolonged periods of time, and if they are negatively affecting a person’s life, they are considered disorders.

Mood Disorders

 Mood disorders are characterized by the fluctuation (lowering or elevation) of a person’s mood, and are grouped together with anxiety disorders, ADHD, depression and Bipolar disease. Often, one or more of these disorders coexist.

Mood and anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems affecting Canadians. Alongside anxiety, the diagnosis often includes depressive and bipolar disorders, which is due to the fluctuations in mood. While individuals may be affected in different ways, for many the effects associated with mood and anxiety disorders can be overwhelming. They interfere with everyday activities and impact employment. Perhaps the biggest impact is felt in troubled relationships with friends and family.

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Last Updated: April 10, 2019