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Mood and Bipolar Disorders

Mood and Bipolar Disorders

Author: Laura Riness

This lesson will identify, describe, and differentiate the primary symptom(s) for each type of the mood disorder.

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Terms to Know
Bipolar Disorders

Mood disorders where a person switches between extremes of mania and possibly depression.

Bipolar I Disorder

A person diagnosed that has had at least one manic episode, in the absence of anything that might cause it, like medication or drugs.

Bipolar II Disorder

A form of bipolar disorder that includes the appearance of both depression and hypomania.

Cyclothymic Disorder

A form of bipolar, where a person experiences longer periods (at least 2 months) of hypomania and depression that are generally, but not always, milder.

Mood Disorders

Psychological disorders marked by major changes in mood or emotion.