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what are mood disorders besides mania and depression?

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Variety: Not a complete, but a brief description. Manic and depressive episodes referred to an episodes within the mood disorder.Roughly, bipolar is when person alternates between mania/hyponia and depression; for depression, you have to have a depressive episodes. Psychosis can accompany either mood disorder; there are also mood disorder when sx are not completely met for either depression or bipolar.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Moods: Organic mood do (cause is something physical such as thyroid disease, or medicines such as amphetamines) , mixed state (both dep. & mania) , or unspecified.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Cyclothymia also: I agree with drs. Fox and ali -- but want to add cyclothymia also in the mood disorders. It causes emotional ups and downs, but not as extreme as in bipolar disorder type i or ii. It is not very common but starts in teen years -- and stable periods last less than 2 months. Can bring about all kinds of difficulties, if untreated.

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