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 Billy, who struggles with a mood disorder and was psychologically abused by his father, relies on escapist storytelling and alcohol to dull his pain. Leah Tyler, ajc, 25 Apr. 2022 Perinatal depression is a mood disorder that occurs during the perinatal period, which includes pregnancy and up to a year after giving birth, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Korin Miller,, 12 Apr. 2022 The law defines postpartum depression as a mood disorder that strikes many women during pregnancy and up to a year after delivery. Robert Mccoppin,, 4 Apr. 2022 Symptoms vary greatly, but in general, depressed girls may become withdrawn, whereas boys may fight or act out, incurring the label of behavior problem rather than, say, mood disorder. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Symptoms can include high blood pressure, joint and muscle pain, difficulty with memory and concentration, headache, abdominal pain, and mood disorder. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 Mar. 2022 Weakley was diagnosed with HIV, schizophrenia, episodic mood disorder and ADHD. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Managing a mood disorder is exhausting—a taxing second job. Ahreaume, Longreads, 19 Aug. 2019 Vonn, who first went public about her decades-long battle with depression to PEOPLE in 2012, gets candid about living with the mood disorder in her new memoir, Rise. Johnny Dodd,, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mood disorder

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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