Mood Disorders

  • Paula Truax
  • Lisa Selthon


Mood disorders are both common and serious. Up to 19.3% of the population may experience either a unipolar or bipolar mood disorder at some point during their lives (Kessler et al., 1994). Unipolar depressive disorders have been estimated to cost the United States $43 billion in death, lost productivity, work absenteeism, and treatment expenses (Greenberg, Stiglin, Finkelstein, & Berndt, 1993) and bipolar conditions have been estimated to cost an additional $45 billion yearly (Wyatt and Henter, 1995). In addition, mood disturbance is the most salient risk factor in attempted and completed suicides (Persson, Runeson, and Wasserman, 1999) and it may increase the chances of death due to accident or cardiovascular event (Wulsin, Vaillant, and Wells, 1999). Timely detection of mood disorders and accurate distinctions between the categories of mood disorders may enhance the probability that effective care will be sought and received. The goals of this chapter are to: (1) describe the mood disorders; (2) review procedures for gathering diagnostic information; (3) provide representative case illustrations of the mood disorders; (4) review the most commonly used standardized interview formats; (5) list the critical information for making diagnoses, and; (6) encapsulate dos and don’ts with mood disorder diagnosis.


Mood Disorder Manic Episode General Medical Condition Mood Episode Formal Thought Disorder 
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  • Paula Truax
    • 1
  • Lisa Selthon
    • 1
  1. 1.Counseling Psychology ProgramPacific UniversityPortlandUSA

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