Understanding Mood Disorders
Experiencing a range of emotions and moods is an important and natural part of life. But for a person who has a mood-related disorder, moods and emotions typically last longer, and are felt more strongly – sometimes to the point of making the individual unable to cope.
Common mood-related disorders include clinical depression, postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder, and bipolar disorder. Depression is the most common mental health problem, with approximately 13% of adults experiencing major depression at some time in their lives.
Learn more about specific mood disorders on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health website:
Contributing Sources: Canadian Mental Health Association, Mental Health First Aid Canada
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing problems with their mood, get help:
If the situation is NOT immediately critical, you have options:
As applicable, contact the person’s psychiatrist, family doctor (who can prescribe medications and make referrals) or your company’s Employee and Family Assistance Program.