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

Examples of mood disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the tweet infuriated Traci Wiberg, of Bartlett, the mother of 10-year-old Emric Wiberg-Treutler, a fourth-grader with autism, ADD/ADHD and a mood disorder. Karie Angell Luc,, "Parents of U-46 special needs students say their kids are suffering not being in school," 31 Oct. 2020 Brugueras said Iran was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and with a mood disorder as a teenager. Susan Dunne,, "New fund in memory of young Connecticut rapper is helping make mental health resources accessible to young people in inner cities," 23 Oct. 2020 About one in five moms, or as many as two in five moms can develop a perinatal mood disorder. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Postpartum depression expert explains birth trauma," 20 Oct. 2020 Depression is a mood disorder marked by persistent feelings of sadness or numbness that can lead to unusual crying. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "Why Do I Cry So Easily? Experts Break Down the Reasons Behind Your Tears," 9 Sep. 2020 Even invitations to meet up outside, masked and distanced, can be avoided with a socially acceptable excuse that doesn’t involve disclosing a misunderstood mood disorder. National Geographic, "Why seasonal depression can happen in the summer too," 26 Aug. 2020 He had been diagnosed with a mood disorder and was supposed to be taking medication but had recently stopped. oregonlive, "40 dead in shootings by Portland police: Here’s what happened," 15 Aug. 2020 Be especially on guard if your kid has previously struggled with a mood disorder or substance abuse issue. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "Supporting Teens' Mental Health Right Now Starts With Kickstarting Hard Conversations," 11 Aug. 2020 Depression is a serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms that impact how a patient feels, thinks, and deals with daily activities, according to the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH). Korin Miller,, "Michelle Obama Says She Has 'Low-Grade Depression'—Here's What That Means, According to Experts," 6 Aug. 2020

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Mood disorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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