What are Mood Disorders?
Almost everyone experiences at least brief periods of sadness, feeling “down”, or being energetic and upbeat at various points in their lifetime. That’s just part of being human. However, there’s a significant portion of the population that has disturbances in their mood that are not considered normal. Individuals in this group have what is clinically referred to as a “mood disorder”.
Mood disorders are characterised by a significant disturbance in a person’s persistent emotional state or mood. While many people use the term "mood" to simply refer to their feelings at any given moment (e.g. “I’m in a happy mood”), mental health professionals use it a bit differently. In clinical settings, it is used to describe a persistent emotional state that affects how the person sees the world.
Mood disorders can significantly disrupt people’s lives in one or more ways. They may impair their ability to function normally at work or in their social life, or negatively impact their relationships.
The two primary types of moods are depression and mania. Thus, most mood disorders fall under the broad categories of depressive disorders and bipolar disorders (formerly known as "manic depressive" disorders)
In a 2007 survey conducted in Australia, it was found that mood disorders affected 6.2% of people aged 16-85 years (7.1% of women and 5.3% of men).
Mood Disorders Support Group
Goals of the Mood Disorders Support Group
- To provide friendship and support to those with a mood disorder, their family and friends.
- To educate those living with Mood Disoders, their families, carers and the general public about the management of disorders.
- To improve the quality of health care and the general wellbeing of our members.
- To promote research into the causes and improved treatment of uni-polar, bi-polar, general anxiety and depressive illnesses.
Treatment Philosophy of the Mood Disorders Support Group
- Recognise depression and other mood disorders as illnesses.
- Realise that depression is not all of who you are.
- Be informed about the disorder and treatments available.
- Take an active role in your own treatment and stress management.
- Utilise specialist professional advice.
- Learn how to understand and deal with mood changes.
The free Mood Disorders Support Group meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. The meetings are for anyone with a mood disorder, with family or friends welcome to attend. No need to book in advance.
Phone: 03 9826 1422
All meetings are held at:
Suite J, 450 Chapel Street
South Yarra, VIC, 3141
(Enter via Wilson Street. Parking is available at Jam Factory - 500 Chapel Street)
Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
1300 22 4636
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