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Mood disorders: symptoms and tests

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Mood disorders they are more common than you think and above all they are very different from each other. This category includes problems that are really difficult to deal with and it is always good to investigate, if necessary, to understand which of the many mood disorders you are talking about, avoiding trivializing with the definition "Bad mood" which has nothing to do with the situations described here.

Mood disorders: definition

When it comes to mood disorders we mean those disorders that consist of a set of conditions characterized by a persistent or recurrent series of psycho-physical symptoms, excessively elevated or reduced. Those that perhaps many have already heard of, are depression and bipolar disorder. In the first case it is an excessive lowering of the mood, in the second the presence of moments of depression alternating with mania.

Mood disorders: classification

There can be one correlation between mood disorders and the presence of neurological and organic pathologies, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, neoplasms and some chronic diseases. This suggests that they are ailments caused by a combination of individual predisposition, unfavorable environmental factors and dysfunctions of some brain circuits.

We find different classification of mood disorders, we can hear them divided into major depression, minor depressive, hypomanic, manic, bipolar, cyclothymic, dysthymic disorder. We leave it to specialist doctors to enter into the merits of technical classifications, as it should be.

Mood disorders: test

A scientific test does not exist, with "on-off" results, but one can keep in mind the fundamental criteria that act as indicators when it comes to understanding if there is pathological alteration of mood. They can alert us to cases of inadequate affective reactions to events or of abnormal intensity of affective alteration with respect to real facts, feeling of having interrupted his life continuum, impairment of social and occupational functioning.

Then there are 3 other defined elements "Confirmation" of the presence of mood disorders, this does not mean that in their absence, it can be excluded that there are. The three elements are previous history of psychiatric disorders, positive results of assessment scales that quantify and qualify the disorder, the presence of altered biological correlates.

Mood disorders: symptoms

They can vary from disorder to disorder and even from person to person but we can see which ones are most commonly noticed. Fatigue, fatigue, a drastic increase or decrease in body weight, staring, a drop in libido and sexual efficiency, a sense of chest tightness and heartbeat, dysuria, dyspepsia and even constipation, insomnia o hypersomnia, agitation and hyperactivity of the autonomic nervous system.

Mood disorders: natural remedies

As soon as a mood disorder is detected, it is necessary to contact a specialized doctor who will assess whether drug treatment is necessary. It can then also be accompanied by a natural remedy and psychological intervention, especially appropriate when situations are less serious. In most cases, psychotherapy is combined with a Pharmacological treatment, in others, an integrated intervention is chosen that considers well in a global way seven levels: physiological, emotional, nominative, normative, rational, theoretical, transpersonal.

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Mood Disorders: Books

In the book "Live the emotions. To understand mood disorders and get rid of anxiety”, Written by Livio Della Seta and available for purchase on Amazon for 13 euros, you can find not only valuable information to understand the symptoms of mood disorders but also suggestions on how to move to deal with them, do not forget that they not only affect the quality of our life but also our relationship with those around us, from a social and work point of view.

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