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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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 When their circadian systems are out of whack, people are at higher risk for diabetes, obesity, cancer, and mood disorders. Stacey Burling,, "The era of circadian lighting in health care is dawning," 27 June 2018 The findings are consistent with research indicating a link between sleep disruptions and mood disorders. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Maintaining a daily rhythm is important for mental health, study suggests," 15 May 2018 According to the Department of Health, Bedoya entered a five-year monitoring agreement with PRN in 2012 after being diagnosed with cocaine and alcohol dependence and mood disorder. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "The doctor crashed with drugs and underage hookers, cops say. He might lose his license," 10 June 2018 The link between bipolar and other mood disorders and creativity has long been studied. Kate Thayer,, "Bipolar 'is not a death sentence:' Art exhibit aims to reduce stigma," 16 May 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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