Mood Disorder Due To A General Medical Condition

Mood disorder due to a general medical condition is characterized by depressions or manic episodes which are caused by a medical condition.

The symptoms of mood disorder due to a general medical condition are the same as during other types of depressions...sadness, emptiness, loss of interest and pleasure, irritability and anger, changes in appetite, sleep problems, restlessness, slow movement and thinking, fatigue, worthlessness and guilt, poor concentration, thoughts about death and suicide.

The manic symptoms experienced during mood disorder due to a general medical condition are the same as those experienced during other manic episodes...elation, confidence, delusional thinking, high level of energy, increased activity, productivity, loud and rapid speech, racing thoughts, risky behavior, impulsive behavior, increased sexual behavior, over spending, fast reckless driving, wild business schemes, overeating, drinking too much, irritability, anger, and aggitation.

Depressive disorder due to a general medical condition affects a lot of people. A study conducted at the University of North Carolina and cited in Coping With Heart Surgery and Bypassing Depression: A Family's Guide to the Medical, Emotional, and Practical Issues , by Carol Cohan, MA, June Pimm, Ph.D., and James Jude, MD, found that twelve years after completely successful bypass surgery 83% of the patients were unemployed and 57% were sexually impotent.

The authors believe that these ongoing dysfunctions are the result of problems such as distorted body image, poor self-esteem, and lingering depression.

There are many medical conditions which can cause mood disorder due to a general medical condition. These include...

  • cardiovascular conditions such as myocardial infarction (heart attack)

  • gastrointestinal conditions

  • neurological disorders such as Huntington's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, and brain tumors

  • diseases of the pancreas

  • Thyroid abnormalities

  • Addison's Disease

  • Cushing's Disease

  • Pheumatoid Arthritis

  • infectious diseases such as Mononucleosis

  • Cancer

  • malnutrition

  • electrolyte disturbances
Treatment for mood disorder due to a general medical condition must include treatment of the medical condition causing the depression or manic disorder.

Psychiatric and psychological treatment of the mood disorder is also often needed. Psychiatric treatment will include medication to reduce the depressive or manic symptoms. Psychological treatment will provide the person with emotional support and help him develop coping skills.

If you are experiencing a mood disorder due to a general medical condition, The How To Transform Your Life E-Workshop can help you develop needed coping skills.

This E-Workshop should not be considered a substitute for psychotherapy or psychiatric treatment. It is not intended as a treatment for mood disorder due to a general medical condition or any other medical or psychological condition.

Nevertheless, when the E-Workshop is used along with psychological and psychiatric treatment, it may help you make more rapid progress in your treatment.

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