Mood Disorders

When you think of mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder likely come to mind first. That’s because these are common, severe illnesses and leading causes of disability.  Depression and bipolar disorder can be emotionally crippling, making it difficult to live life to its fullest.  Mood disorders represent a category of mental disorders in which the underlying problem primarily affects a person’s persistent emotional state (their mood).  The US prevalence is 9.5% of the general population.  Women are 50% more likely than men to experience mood disorder during their lifetime.  Only half of those identified with a mood disorder are receiving treatment.  Do you know how to effectively manage the pharmceutical treatment of this disease?  What is the current evidence for efficacy of these medications?  Find out more about this topic and many others in Psychopharmacology for Primary Care.


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