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Are there worse mood disorders besides bipolar?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Thilo
Psychiatry 43 years experience
It depends.: Any mood disorder will have a level of severity that depends on the circumstances seen at that point in time. To compare one mood disorder to another serves little purpose and will detract from the treatment needed to effectively return the individual to a more functional state of being. Focus less on the name of the disorder and more on taking effective treatment actions.
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Dr. Olumide Oluwabusi
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree 100%. When it comes to mental illness; no ''one shoe fits all approach, explanation or comparison''. The best approach is to always see each and every person as individually different and unique.
Apr 15, 2012
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depends Who You Ask: Any mood disorder can be potentially devastating. If you review the mood disorders in the diagnostic and statistic manual (reference source for psychiatric diagnoses), you will see that most mood disorders are classified as mild, moderate or severe. Major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, the worst mood disorder is the one that interferes the most with your ability to function in life.
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Dr. Joel Feiner
Psychiatry 58 years experience
Function matters: I agree with dr. Woods. When we use the idea of better or worse, we should be specific about functions: physical function e.g.Sleep and appetite , for example, social functioning suh as maintaining relationships, and work function. Interference with any or all of those calls for immediate attention from a psychiatrist.
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Dr. Shamshad Haroon
Psychiatry 27 years experience
I agree with Joel ,as he has been my teacher
Apr 18, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Mood Disorders: Organic mood disorders such as secondary to progressive organic illnesses ex. Hiv , or mood disorders with severe psychotic symptoms that are unresponsive to treatment.
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