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What Are Mood Disorders?

Last updated 3 years ago

It’s perfectly natural to feel sad occasionally or cranky once in a while. However, if you have a mood disorder, you experience these mental health issues on an ongoing basis. The symptoms can be severe enough to interfere with your ability to work and complete everyday tasks. If you suspect you might be struggling with a mood disorder, you can find the help you need at your local hospital. A community hospital can connect you with behavioral health specialists, who can develop an effective treatment plan for you.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a serious mood disorder that is characterized by extreme swings in mood and behavior. An individual with bipolar disorder will experience periods of mania, which involves an elevated mood, and periods of depression. When the individual is having a manic episode, he or she may exhibit symptoms such as racing thoughts, restlessness, euphoric mood, and poor judgment. Individuals may go on spending sprees or engage in reckless behavior. Those having a depressive episode will typically experience feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, and they may have sleep disturbances and changes in appetite. A physician at a community hospital can offer effective treatment for bipolar disorder.


Depression is another type of mood disorder for which a person might seek treatment at a community hospital. The symptoms of depression can linger for weeks or even years if treatment is not sought. These symptoms can include fatigue, impaired concentration, social withdrawal, anxiety, and persistent feelings of sadness or worthlessness.


Cyclothymia is a mood disorder that is similar to bipolar disorder; however, it is not as severe. It involves shifts between episodes of elevated moods and depressive moods. These episodes may last a few days. The elevated mood is referred to as hypomania. Cyclothymia can be difficult to diagnose because friends and family members may mistake its symptoms as being personality traits.

The Adult Behavioral Health Unit at Memorial Hospital of Tampa provides comprehensive assessments and personalized treatment of mood disorders and other mental health issues. Our community hospital welcomes referrals from family members, friends, primary care physicians, and others. Residents of Tampa can contact the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital at (813) 873-6400.



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