The last few articles have dealt with understanding mood disorders, the impact of mood disorders and in this final article, we highlight some of the common warning signs to look out for when you suspect that you may have a mood disorder or when you believe a friend or colleague may have a mood disorder. 

Common symptoms of mood disorders:

  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Headaches, body aches, pains, cramps or digestive problems
  • Difficulty remembering details, making decisions or concentrating
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Excessive sleeping or insomnia
  • Significant changes in appetite (can be either increased or decreased)
  • Hyposomnia or insomnia
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Loss of energy or increased energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness or guilt
  • Loss of interest in activities an individual use to enjoy in the past
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Prolonged periods of elation
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability, agitation or excessive energy
  • Feelings of grandiosity
  • Impulsive, risky or hedonistic behaviour
  • Racing thoughts and jumping from one idea to the next
  • Pressured or rapid speech
  • Increased goal-directed activities
  • Being easily distracted
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersexuality