Mood Disorders: Introduction | Phenomenology of Mood Disorders | Epidemiology | Pathogenesis of Mood Disorders | Somatic Interventions for Mood Disorders | Psychotherapy for Mood Disorders | Integrative Management of Mood Disorders | Conclusion | Key Points | Suggested Readings | Online Resources | References
Mood critically affects perception and appraisal
of the self and the environment. Changes in mood occur as part of everyday
experience, in response to multiple factors. In a proportion of
people, mood states can become distressing, and psychopathology
ensues. In this chapter, we describe the clinical features of mood
disorders, summarize knowledge of their pathogenesis, and outline
current approaches to management.