Mood Disorders

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.

Contact the free Ontario Mental Health Helpline for information and referrals to counselling services and supports in your community:


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