What Are the Symptoms of a Mood Disorder?
The first three categories of mood disorders types on the list—Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, and Cyclothymic Disorder—belong to the bipolar spectrum, which essentially is psychological highs and lows, while the other three are restricted by the psychological lows (depressive mood disorders) (although, Bipolar II Disorder has more frequent depressive fluctuations). Generally speaking, we all are sometimes angry, sad, frustrated, unsure of ourselves, and so on—emotional experiences are a large portion of what life is about—but when these mood fluctuations become too volatile, too extreme, or become too persistent, this is when we may experience symptoms of a mood disorder.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the classification of mood disorders is somewhat similar to that of western medicine, with a major difference in that whenever a specific soul is disturbed, then the mental symptoms are accompanied by the signs and symptoms of soul’s associated organ, which are important in diagnosing the mood disorder for acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine.
What are the causes of mood disorders?
The causes of mood disorders can be genetic, stress- or injury-related, nutritional, consequences of substance abuse, as well as unknown. The causes of mood disorders can also come from other disorders, and from the traditional Chinese point of view, it is crucial, because the approach to the treatment of an individual mood disorder is to identify the affected organ. From both perspectives, western and traditional Chinese medicine’s, it’s important to know what causes mood disorders, because that knowledge can help to regulate the mood disorder on an individual basis, such as changes in nutrition or lifestyle, so the patient can find ways to improve or at least to avoid exacerbating his or her condition.