A Guide to Mood Disorders: Guest blog By Ellie Willis

REBLOG: Eleanor Segall of “Be Ur Own Light” – A Mental Health Recovery Blog interview. I found this very interesting and thought I’d pass it on to you.

Mood disorders encompass many disorders of how you feel from day-to-day, whether that is abnormally elevated (mania) or depressed and in low mood. They can include depressive illness such as major depressive disorder, dysthymia, postnatal depression and the bipolar spectrum disorders. They also feature anxiety and panic disorders. These are often down to brain chemistry and sometimes environment.

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Major Depressive Disorder

Major depression is defined as a depressive illness where you experience a significantly lowered mood and a loss of interest in activities that you would normally enjoy. While it is normal to feel sadness and grief when your life significantly changes, such as when a loved one passes away, when it doesnโ€™t go away or gets worse, it may evolve into major depression. Some of the symptoms of depression are:

โ€ข Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness โ€ข Feeling guilty over insignificant things โ€ข Withdrawing from familyโ€ฆ

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