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Currently, it is not possible to prevent a mood disorder. Proper treatment can help most people diagnosed with mood disorders lead fulfilling lives.

“Treatment is specific to the individual’s diagnosis and the severity of symptoms,” says Dr. Mullare. A comprehensive treatment plan may involve a combination of the following:

  • Dietary interventions
  • Stop smoking
  • Exercise
  • Light therapy
  • Psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy)
  • Antidepressant drugs and mood stabilizers
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (electrical stimulation of the brain)

What are the impacts of mood disorders and the risks of non-treatment?

“A mood disorder is a serious mental health condition that can negatively impact all facets of an individual’s life,” says Dr. Mullare. Children may experience a decline in academic performance, adults may see a decline in job performance, and people of all ages may experience difficulty in their relationships with friends and family, she says.

Mood disorders can also cause social isolation that leads to loneliness, loss of interest in activities, sleep problems, increased substance use, and thoughts of suicide or homicide. adds Dr. Thomas.

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If you are in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline on 988 or message its live online chat service for immediate assistance from a trained counsellor. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

When left untreated, people with mood disorders may continue to withdraw from others, have a lower quality of life, continue to face challenges at school or work, and abuse substances to deal with their symptoms. “The risks of not receiving treatment can result in damage to the individual, both emotionally and physically, as well as to an individual’s relationships, family life and work abilities,” says Dr. Munir.

Our experts offer these helpful tips and guidelines if you are diagnosed with a mood disorder:

  • Know that you are not responsible for a mood disorder
  • Know your body to identify any changes
  • Adopt daily self-care habits
  • Tell a family member or friend about your experience
  • Continue to seek professional help

If a loved one has been diagnosed with a mood disorder, our experts suggest the following starting points:

  • Listen attentively and attentively
  • Be patient
  • Avoid blame
  • Learn about mood disorders
  • Encourage your loved one to continue to seek professional help