If you’ve been feeling sad, irritable, helpless, or get easily frustrated, you may be experiencing depression. Other mood disorders, similar to clinical depression, can also interfere with your ability to function.
Mood disorders can include:
- Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), a milder yet chronic depressed mood
- Bipolar disorder, a condition in which moods may shift periodically from depressed to “normal” to elevated
- Cyclothymia, a milder form of bipolar disorder
Stress and nervousness are natural parts of life. However, worries that interfere with your ability to participate in daily life are not. In addition to extreme worry, clinical anxiety may include fear or avoidance of specific situations, intrusive thoughts, repetitive behaviors, or persistent or intrusive memories of a past trauma. You may also experience physical symptoms of distress such as a racing heart, difficulty breathing, shaking, or nausea.