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Is depression different from a bad mood?

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If you have long periods of irritability or moodiness, feelings of despair, or excessive feelings of boredom, check with your doctor. Sometimes, these are signs of a more serious mood disorder called depression.

Depression is much more than just feeling sad or low. It can lead to excessive anger, irritation, apathy -- even suicide. So get help. Talk to a trained therapist or counselor or your primary health care provider, who can help you with your feelings and get you back on the road to enjoying your life. If you are having suicidal thoughts get in touch with someone close to you or call the national suicide prevention hotline at (800) 273-TALK for help.

From: Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: TeensHealth.com web site: "Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood?" Blue Boulder Internet Publishing, The Sideroad: "In a Bad Mood? Here's How to Get Over It."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 13, 2018

SOURCES: TeensHealth.com web site: "Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood?" Blue Boulder Internet Publishing, The Sideroad: "In a Bad Mood? Here's How to Get Over It."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 13, 2018

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