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About Mood Disorders

Marked by changes in mood, depression and bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) are both highly treatable, medical illnesses. Unfortunately, many people don’t get the help they need because of the misunderstanding surrounding the illnesses or the fear associated with stigma. The following are brief descriptions of depression and bipolar disorder. For more in-depth information, be sure to see our pages on depression and bipolar disorder and the differences between them.


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Depression: It’s Not Just in Your Head

Everyone, at various times in life, feels sad or blue. It’s normal to feel sad on occasion. Sometimes, sadness is a result of things that happen in your life: for example, you move to a different city and leave friends behind…you lose your job…or a loved one dies. But what’s the difference between “normal” feelings of sadness and the feelings caused by depression?

  • How intense the mood is: Depression is more intense than a simple “bad mood.”
  • How long the mood lasts: A bad mood is usually gone in a few days, but depression lasts two weeks or longer.
  • How much it interferes with your life: A bad mood doesn’t keep you from going to work or school or spending time with friends. Depression can keep you from doing these things and may even make it difficult to get out of bed.

While it’s normal for people to experience ups and downs during their lives, those living with depression experience specific symptoms daily for two weeks or more, making it difficult to function at work, at school or in relationships.

Depression is a treatable illness marked by changes in mood, thought and behavior. It affects people of all ages, races, ethnic groups and social classes. Although it can occur at any age, the illness often surfaces between the ages of 25 and 44. The “lifetime prevalence” of depression is 24 percent for women and 15 percent for men. This means that, at some point in their lives, 24 percent of women and 15 percent of men will experience an episode of major depression.

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Bipolar Disorder: More Than a Mood Swing

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a treatable illness marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior. It is called bipolar disorder because a person’s mood can alternate between the “poles” of mania (high, elevated mood) and depression (low, depressed mood). These changes in mood (“mood swings”) can last for hours, days, weeks or even months. These highs and lows are frequently seasonal. Many people with bipolar disorder report feeling symptoms of depression more often in the winter and symptoms of mania more often in the spring.

Bipolar disorder affects nearly six (6) million adult Americans and an equal number of men and women. It tends to run in families and is found among all races, ethnic groups and social classes. Like depression and other serious illnesses, bipolar disorder can also adversely affect spouses, significant others, family members, friends and coworkers. It usually begins in late adolescence (often appearing as depression during the teen years), although it can start in early childhood or as late as the 40s and 50s.

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Mood Disorders Are Treatable

The majority of people with mood disorders are able to find treatments that work. Talk therapy, medication or a combination of both help individuals feel better and change situations in their lives that may be contributing to their illnesses (substance use, harmful relationships, etc.)

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For more educational information, please go to DBSA National at www.dbsalliance.org.

Find a support group in New Jersey: http://dbsanewjersey.org/support-groups/

Learn how to create your own personal WRAP plan and Psychiatric Advanced Directive. The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. http://mentalhealthrecovery.com/wrap-is/.  The PAD allow you to create your preferred treatment conditions in advanced with the help of your selected representative at a time you may be unable to make decisions for yourself. This plan give you a voice…consider it as having insurance for a possible crisis. Take control of your life and plan ahead..be proactive. Its your life and your future.

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December 2018


Support Group Meetings

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2nd and 4th Monday 
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Virtua Memorial Hospital
1st floor conference room
175 Madison Ave,
Mt. Holly, NJ08060

DBSA Conference 2018

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NAMI at Virtua
1st & 3rd Monday
Conference Room
7:00pm - 8:30pm

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