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Mood Disorders

The essential feature of this group of disorders is a primary disorder of the mood. Mood disorders are however much more comprehensive, and the disorder of mood is accompanied by various other characteristic symptoms.

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes extreme changes in mood, energy and the […]

Stress Starts Up The Machinery of Major Depression

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Depression at least five times more common than PTSD after critical illness

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Information on Depression


Mood disorders

Mood Disorders

One Green Bottle – a novel about Bipolar Disorder

A fictional account of experiences in South African Institutions as a bi-polar patient

Electroconvulsive Therapy Can Restore Quality of Life for Some Severely Depressed Patients

Patients whose severe depression goes into remission for six months following electroconvulsive therapy report a quality of life similar to […]

Same Factors Influence Depression in Stroke Patients, Spouse Caregivers

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Information on:

(1) Bipolar disorder information sheet; brochure (2) Depression information sheet; brochure

Cannabis use may worsen illness course in bipolar disorder

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University of Stellenbosch
South African Medical Research Council
University of Cape Town