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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Yoga, for example, reduces stress and anxiety, and also can help with depression, mood disorders and overall improvement in quality of life. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s new Integrative Medicine program includes activity as a part of treatment," 7 Sep. 2018 Sure, loneliness is partially the result of genes, as our personalities and our propensity for mood disorders like depression are linked to loneliness, and our genes. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes," 23 Aug. 2018 Thankfully, as the years go by, more and more women, especially celebrities with large platforms, are being honest about their experiences with motherhood mood disorders. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "Serena Williams Continues to Break New-Mom Stereotypes on Instagram," 7 Aug. 2018 In fact, a 2004 national survey indicated that girls with ADHD are three times more likely to be treated for a mood disorder (like anxiety or depression) before receiving their ADHD diagnosis. Kayleigh Roberts, Allure, "Why Women With ADHD Like Me Get Diagnosed So Late in Adulthood," 25 Oct. 2018 Pitt had testified that Jones had anxiety and mood disorders and features of a paranoid personality. Fox News, "Suspected killer had history of abuse, mental health issues," 6 June 2018 But sometimes life hands us unexpected challenges—people can develop other health issues: psychiatric problems, mood disorders, chronic health problems, addiction. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Here’s When Family Therapy Can Help," 9 July 2018 In a study published in ScienceDirect earlier this year, Adair and others found that 48 percent of those surveyed in the Game Quitters community reported some history of mood disorders. Amelia Nierenberg,, "Diagnosis of ‘gaming disorder’ sparks debate," 4 July 2018 Lithium, which can be prescribed to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other mood disorder symptoms, can instead make users sweat too much. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meds leave mentally ill vulnerable during rising temps, so take care with the Milwaukee-area heat wave," 29 June 2018

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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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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