Mood Disorders

Mood disorder is a mental health problem that affects a person's emotional condition. The affected person experiences excess happiness or sadness, or both simultaneously. Mood disorder causes changes in behavior and disturbs the routine activities of a person. The two common mood disorders are depression and bipolar disorder. It often occurs due to changes in genetic and environmental factors. Mood disorders are managed by taking medications and psychotherapy.

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Is my speech and thinking difficulty due to a change in the dosage of tablet Effexor?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently increased my medication dosage of tablet Lithium from 450 mg to 900 mg. My lithium level was 0.4 before increasing the dose. Also, the dosage of the tablet Zyprexa has been increased, and the tablet Effexor has been decreased. However, I am noticing a difficulty in word-find...  Read Full »

Dr. Siva Anoop Yella

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. Let me know if the dosage adjustments were made by a psychiatrist or yourself? Decreasing the dosage of tablet Effexor (Venlafaxine) all of a sudden would cause speech and thinking difficulties. I suggest you to avo...  Read Full »

I am experiencing sudden changes in my mood. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am experiencing random mood changes that range from being numb emotionally to being energetic and struggling to slow down. I have been struggling with it for as long as I remember, but it affects my diet, personal hygiene, and sleep quite significantly, and I think something may be wrong...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. I suggest you may have a mixed anxiety depressive disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it; I suggest you try the below-mentioned guidelines to deal with it. It will help...  Read Full »

I am getting a lot of unrealistic thoughts with mood swings. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22 year old male, I get a lot of unrealistic thoughts, and they consume a lot of my time; as a result, I suffer in studies. I feel as if I am in a different world when I watch movies or traveling or listening to music. I saw a girl's video online, I watched her dance and became he...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from a labile mood, characterized by frequent mood swings. This can hamper your progress and it has to be treated. You require a mood stabilizer, I suggest you try taking the following. Tablet Dicorate ER (Divalproex) 500 mg, once daily. Tablet S...  Read Full »

Does a change in diet helps to treat depression and anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, How does diet help in mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety? I would like to discuss the success of incorporating diet in mental health treatment.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Some research studies prove the role of diet in mental disorder mainly mood disorders like depression and anxiety disorders. In general, diets rich in proteins especially aromatic amino acid proteins, complex carbohydrates and low fats help to improve serotonergic neurot...  Read Full »

Are mood swings genetic?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband has mood swings. He feels either depressed or very much excited. He is very irritable and gets angry for small things. This has started before four to five years. He sleeps for very less hours. He also drinks alcohol daily and goes for late night party in the weekend. Currentl...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. The information provided is not adequate to make a diagnosis. If he had frequent mood swings and lost his job due to mood swings or irrational decision, then there is a possibility of bipolar disorder where you have extre...  Read Full »

I am suffering from irritability, anger, and mood disorder. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from irritability, anger, and mood disorder. Now I am taking Qutan 25 once at night, but the improvement is not good. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Punya Mulky

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand it must be difficult for you. But it would be helpful if you could elaborate more about your irritability and anger, i.e., since how long you have had this problem. Do you get irritated due to some reason or nothing at all? Why exactly would you say you ...  Read Full »

My husband is sad, depressed and behaves rudely. Is he mentally ill?

Query: Hello doctor,My husband is mostly sad and depressed. He cannot listen a word against him or his family(mom, dad & sister). He gets mad and behaves very rudely with everyone if they do not agree to what he says. He fought with his boss in his company for silly reasons. He abuses me emotionally an...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Considering the history of the symptoms you have mentioned, there are few possibilities. One is some underlying mood disturbance which could part of bipolar disorder. This should be appropriately evaluated to make a diagnosis. Repetitiv...  Read Full »

How can I help my partner to recover from depression?

Query: Hello doctor, I am passing the worst time of my life for more than 1.5 years. Because my husband is getting frustrated and depressed day by day. I love him more than anything in the world, so I am too much worried about him. He works at home since he is a freelancer. We got married four years back ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From what you have described, your husband has not been his usual self for more than a year. Did his problems start after his parents passed away or was he feeling low and detached even before this? It looks like he has some features of depression which have been pe...  Read Full »

Why is there a change in my behavior after stopping psychiatric medications?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21 and was diagnosed with unspecified mood disorder when I was about 8 for constantly getting angry at my parents, but I behaved well at school and other places outside the house. When I was about 10, I started taking 2 mg of Risperidone once a day and 200 mg of Lamotrigine twice...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The diagnosis of mood disorders is not easily made at the age of 8 years but if you were given that diagnosis then there must have been a detailed assessment of yours. Coming to your questions, our mood, thoughts, and behavior is controlled by certain chemicals in our b...  Read Full »

Why am I not having any control on my mind and emotions?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old, currently pursuing my masters. I have noticed it over a few months now. I have absolutely no control of my mind or my emotions. I am happy one moment and the next moment all I want to do is cry. I feel unhappy and claustrophobic all the time. I have always got this ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on your symptoms you seem to be suffering from a mood disorder, either bipolar or cyclothymia or depression. There is a need for detailed assessment and evaluation to confirm the diagnosis. It happens in acute phases of illness that disturbance is so high, one ...  Read Full »

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