Mood and related disorders

There are many positive things about growing older. However, people often feel sad and blue about some of the more negative changes or losses in life that happen as we age. Some of those feelings are normal, as long as they do not last for too long, or start to take over a person’s life.

Mood and related disorders including difficulties with grief or anxiety may be due to medical reasons, social, psychological or other factors in your life.

In order to determine the type of disorder a person may be experiencing a series of assessments and tests may be required.

Some of the more common mood disorders include

  • agoraphobia
  • anxiety
  • bipolar disorder
  • depression
  • dysthymic disorder
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • phobias
  • post-traumatic stress disorder

For detailed information about these specific conditions, please check our Health Topics (A-Z).