Trauma and Childhood:
Research has shown that many common mental health issues stem from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). These are experiences that occur in childhood which cause trauma to the central nervous system often times causing dysregulation for years to come resulting in common mental and physical health issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia . The good news is that we know now that healing is possible from these early childhood events with relatively simple techniques to help re-regulate the central nervous system.
Read more about ACE here.
If you have a mood disorder, your general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances. Some examples of mood disorders include:
Major depressive disorder — prolonged and persistent periods of extreme sadness
Bipolar disorder — also called manic depression or bipolar affective disorder, depression that includes alternating times of extreme sadness (depression) and extreme happiness (mania)
Cyclothymic disorder — a disorder that causes emotional ups and downs that are less extreme than bipolar disorder
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder — mood changes and irritability that occur during the premenstrual phase of a woman's cycle and go away with the onset of menses
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) — a long-term (chronic) form of depression
Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder — a disorder of chronic, severe and persistent irritability in children that often includes frequent temper outbursts that are inconsistent with the child's developmental age
Depression related to medical illness — a persistent depressed mood and a significant loss of pleasure in most or all activities that's directly related to the physical effects of another medical condition
For most people, mood disorders can be successfully treated with medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy).
Take the Mood Disorder Questionnaire here: