Mood Disorders Q&A

Q: What’s a mood disorder?

A: It is a mental disorder. Mental disorders can be broken down into several groups: anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, eating disorders and Schizophrenia. A mood disorder is an illness that involves an abnormal mood. They include bipolar disorder, clinical and major depression (includes postpartum depression), dysthymia and seasonal affective disorder.

Q: What are the different types of mood disorders?

A: Bipolar Disorder, Clinical Depression, Dysthymia, Major Depression, Postpartum Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and there are others.

Q: How do you characterize someone with a mood disorder?

A: People with mood disorders fall into two camps. The emo camp, whose weapons comprise mostly of inflicting their problems onto other people until frustration and anger ensue, and the second camp which are the anti-emos, who constantly battle the emos with their weapons of cynicism and morbid humour.

Q: zomg wtf so you’re going to flip out at me for the least little thing I say!

A: I’m not even going to dignify that with a response. If you have to ask that question, yes, I will.

Q: So you’re crazy and suicidal!

A: If you have to say this, you’re the one who needs help.

Q: What does it mean exactly?

A: It means that I could be happy one minute, sad the other but usually there’s a reason. Something said to me could make me upset (or abnormally upset) depending on what was said and how I take it..something sad could make me depressed..when I was untreated, I was a bit violent..a lot of it (speaking strictly for myself) can be cured with counselling, medication and having a good support system.

Myth: People with mental illnesses are violent and unpredictable.
Fact: In reality, the vast majority of people who have mental health needs are no more violent than anyone else. You probably know someone with a mental illness and don’t even realize it.

Myth: Mental health problems are caused by the person suffering from them.
Fact: While people do need to take responsibility for their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with disorders, they are not to blame for them. There is an important difference between taking responsibility and accepting blame, but unfortunately, many people confuse these two things.

Myth: People with bipolar disorders are nutjobs, disconnected from reality, crazy, psychotic, etc.
Fact: The thing is that basically everyone with a condition like Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Schizophrenia, or anything similar gets called crazy all the time. You don’t admit it, then they try to tell you that you’re a nutcase. You admit it and they try to tell you that its “more than that”. No, it isn’t. That’s what the condition does. Now if you want to read up on the condition and figure it out, then feel free. If you want to be ignorant to it and discriminate on the basis of someone’s mental diagnosis, then go ahead – I’ll just make fun of your lack of intelligence for doing it. Some people just have such a hard time dealing with anyone who is remotely different to them that they just need to attack them with debasing generalizations.