Uncovering Mood Disorders

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  • bipolar disorder
  • chronic depression
  • mood disorder
  • mood disorder, Jesse Jackson Jr., depression
  • Jesse Jackson Jr., mood disorders
  • Jesse Jackson Jr., depression
  • Jesse Jackson Jr., mood disorder
  • mood disorder, Jesse Jackson Jr.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr.

Milder Forms of Mood Disorders

Dysthymic disorder and cyclothymic disorder are two less severe forms of mood disorders. Dysthymic disorder is described as "low, dark moods" that can stretch up to two years, in contrast with longer periods experienced in chronic major depression. Cyclothymic disorder is described as a mild form of full-blown bipolar disorder, with brief mood swings from euphoria and excitement to mild or moderate depression, though a person may not experience a separation from reality as in bipolar disorder. (Photo: Carl Juste/Miami Herald/MCT)

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