Types of Mood Disorders

Mood problems and symptoms can become disorders when they persist and when they affect one’s level of functioning at work, home, play, social events, during pleasurable activities and meaningful interactions. At the UC Mood Disorder Center, we specialize in complicated mood disorders that occur with other medical and mental illnesses, including substance use disorders.

Mood disorders are divided into those with predominant depression, such as:

Major Depressive Disorder

Dysthymic Disorder

Those with large swings in mood from very high to very low, such as:

Bipolar Disorder

Cyclothymic Disorder – a relatively mild mood disorder. In cyclothymic disorder, moods swing between short periods of mild depression and hypomania, an elevated mood. The low and high mood swings never reach the severity or duration of major depressive or full mania episodes.

And those with predominant anxiety, such as:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Panic Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Specific and effective treatments exist for all categories of mood disorders including medications, therapy and lifestyle changes. Learn more about the treatment and service options available at the UC Mood Disorders Center.

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