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Mood Disorders

Mood Disorders

Depression and bipolar disorders are mental disorders, real physical illnesses that affect a person’s moods, thoughts, body, energy and emotions. Both disorders, especially bipolar disorder, tend to follow a cyclical course, meaning they have ups and downs. Nearly one in five American adults, or 43.7 million people, experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2012 according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Treatment for these illnesses can also have ups and downs. As much as we may want it to, wellness often does not happen overnight. It is normal to wish you could feel better faster or to worry that you will never feel better. However, know that you can feel better, and that ultimately you are in charge of your wellness. There are many things you can do to help yourself.

Talk to your health care provider (HCP) about what you need from treatment. Your HCP can provide the treatment(s) and/or medication(s) that work best for you. Along the way, you have a right to ask questions about the treatments you are getting and choose the treatments you want.

Links & Resources

Depressive and Bipolar Disorders

A Crash Course
Not sleeping for days on end. Long periods of euphoria. Racing thoughts. Grandiose ideas. Mania. Depression. All of these are symptoms of Bipolar Disorder.

Depression Video Library

The DBSA Depression Education Video Library addresses common questions and concerns that people living with depression and their loved ones often have. In each video, a peer shares their experience with issues such as relationships, suicidal thoughts, and depression in the workplace. For more information, contact the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at or 1-800-826-3632. We've been there. We can help.