A category of psychiatric disorders which have as their most predominant feature a disturbance in mood.
Disorders in which the essential feature is a severe disturbance in mood (depression, anxiety, elation, and excitement) accompanied by psychotic symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, gross impairment in reality testing, etc.
Emotional behavior inappropriate for one's age or circumstances, characterized by unusual excitability, guilt, anxiety, or hostility.
Mental disorders characterized by a disturbance in mood which is abnormally depressed or elated. Compare emotional stability or emotionally disturbed.
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
major depressive disorder
dysthymic disorder (a chronic, mild depression)
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.
Those disorders that have a disturbance in mood as their predominant feature.