Depression and Bipolar Disorders

A mood disorder is the general term used to describe a disturbance in mood that typically manifests as an episode, or series of episodes, and that significantly detracts from one’s quality of life or capacity for normal functioning. The most common include depressive disorders, which can be chronic or acute, and bipolar disorder, which is characterized by episodes of mania and depression.

Psychiatric evaluation is required in order to establish an accurate diagnosis. Depending on the nature and severity of the disorder, treatment may include medication, such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers, as well as various forms of therapy to relieve the symptoms and facilitate healthy functioning.

Mood Disorders may manifest differently in children and adults: