mood disorder


Definition of mood disorder

: any of several psychological disorders (such as major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder) characterized by abnormalities of emotional state

called also affective disorder

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Recent Examples on the Web The confusion and controversy around schizoaffective disorder The biggest challenge for clinicians is that, by definition, the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder overlap with those of schizophrenia and a mood disorder, Dr. Malaspina says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Mental Health Experts Want You to Know About Schizoaffective Disorder," 19 Sep. 2019 Treatment will be available for depression, anxiety, mood disorders, chronic illness, trauma, and stress. Anne Saker,, "Five things to know about TriHealth's just-opened cancer center at Bethesda North," 16 Jan. 2020 Overall, these studies are compatible with the idea of using dance and DMT in various neurological and psychiatric disorders—such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorders—as well as in the general population. Adrianna Mendrek, Quartz, "Dancing could treat depression and other brain diseases," 9 Dec. 2019 Of the 13 who were, mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder were the most common diagnosis. NBC News, "FBI's 'lone wolf' report says domestic terrorists are rarely isolated," 13 Nov. 2019 Avanir makes the drug Nuedexta, which is used to treat a mood disorder called pseudobulbar affect, which is uncontrollable crying or laughing. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Arizona doctors received $53.9 million from drug and device companies in 2018," 17 Oct. 2019 Individual physicians working in their clinical roles could perform screenings to identify persons with mood disorders who are at risk for suicide. Laura Prater, The Conversation, "More mental health care won’t stop the gun epidemic, new study suggests," 7 Oct. 2019 Sometimes, the Girl from Taylor — who took medication for mood disorders — still thought about killing herself., "She was prostituting, pregnant, doing drugs by 14. Now, Taylor girl fights to save her own life.," 1 Nov. 2019 Stress can also be a risk factor for mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, according to researchers at the University of California at Berkeley. Lateshia Beachum, Anchorage Daily News, "Rats are capable of driving tiny cars, researchers found. It eases their anxiety.," 25 Oct. 2019

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Mood disorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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Medical Definition of mood disorder

: any of several psychological disorders characterized by abnormalities of emotional state and including especially major depressive disorder, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder

called also affective disorder

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