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MOOD DISORDERS
ALSO KNOWN AS AFFECTIVE DISORDERS, THESE MAY INVOLVE SADNESS ALL THE TIME, LOSS OF INTEREST, AND FLUCTUATION OF EXTREME HAPPINESS AND SADNESS
DEPRESSION

Depression is more than simply a feeling of being "down in the dumps" for a few days, it is a common but serious medical illness that affects how someone feels, thinks, and handles daily activities. Symptoms can include:
• Persistent sadness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
• Restlessness and difficulty sitting still
• Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
• Energy loss or fatigue
• Feelings of worthlessness
• Thoughts of death or suicide
Research suggests that Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological and environmental factors, and can happen at any age. Risk factors for Depression include major life changes or stress, trauma, certain physical illnesses such as Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, and Parkinson's Disease, and a personal or family history of Depression.
BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar Disorder differs from depression, but may cause symptoms that meet the criteria for Major Depression. The difference is that someone with Bipolar Disorder can alternate between extremely low moods, and extreme high, euphoric moods called "mania" or "hypomania."
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)

Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. SAD generally lifts during spring and summer. Not everyone with SAD has the same symptoms but they may include:
• Sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
• Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
• Irritability, restlessness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
• Fatigue and decreased energy
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
• Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
• Changes in weight
• Thoughts of death or suicide

FOR IMMEDIATE HELP CALL THE CRISIS HOTLINE: (330) 725-9195
HOMEPAGE
SOURCES
National Insitute of Mental Health: Depression.
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