Most people feel sad or irritable from time to time. They may say they're in a bad mood. A mood disorder is different. It affects a person's everyday emotional state. Nearly one in ten people aged 18 and older have mood disorders. These include depression and bipolar disorder (also called manic depression).
Mood disorders can increase a person's risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. Treatments include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. With treatment, most people with mood disorders can lead productive lives.
- Suicide Prevention Information (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)
- Clinical Trials: Information and Options for People with Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Cyclothymic Disorder (National Institutes of Health)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Mood Disorders (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
Find an Expert
- Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Help for Mental Illnesses (National Institute of Mental Health) Also in Spanish
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Psychologist Locator (American Psychological Association)
- Coping with Mood Changes Later in Life (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)