A set of problems or a condition is considered a mood disorder when:
- a person has been in an extraordinarily dark or melancholic mood for more than two weeks and/or no longer enjoys anything in life;
- the person, additionally, has several (other) problems such as sleep disorders, reduced appetite, low energy levels, fatigue, concentration problems, indecision, dullness or inertia, physical unrest, sense of guilt, thoughts about death or suicide;
- a person has problems that hinder daily activities and suffers psychological distress.
Not all mood disorders are the same. They may vary from mild to severe. Someone with a mild mood disorder will only have a few symptoms. Someone with a severe mood disorder will have nearly all the known symptoms. The degree of suffering and distress is related to the extent to which these symptoms are present, dominate life and disrupt regular daily activities and routines.
Treatment of Teens and Young Adults
Mood disorders of teens and young adults can often successfully be treated. In the majority of cases, treatment of a mood disorder will have a beneficial effect. By giving the teenager or young adult a lot of personal attention, by understanding his or her feelings and by communicating the positive sides of life, we can soon help these young people experience change.
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