The average person experiences mood swings from time to time, and it is common to have periods of anger, happiness, sadness, and excitement. Despite the fact that mood changes are normal, some people are unable to get past the feelings of hopelessness or helplessness for extended periods without professional counseling.
Mood disorders can take many different forms, but interfering with a patient’s normal ability to function is a common trait. Such depressive disorders include major depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, cyclothymia, and post-partum depression. These depressive disorders can be serious if left untreated.