you have a mood disorder, your general emotional state or mood is distorted or
inconsistent with your circumstances."(1) In other words, there may be
times when your thoughts are interpreting your situation in a distorted fashion. These distorted thoughts results in distressing emotions and feelings.
are not alone. The distorted thoughts, and resulting negative emotions of many people, may be as a
result of a distressful event in your life or a chemical imbalance in how your
brain processes serotonin, norepinephrine or dopamine. You may have also
developed ways of interpreting your circumstances that are working against your
Some major examples of emotional distress that may require the help of a therapist
Trauma (click here to learn more about trauma therapy)
are many other types of mood disorders, but there is hope and help. There is no
reason to live with, much less hide your problems. Mood disorders can be
diagnosed and successfully treated with the help of a trained therapist and
medications that a psychiatrist can prescribe. The first step in the healing
process is talking with a therapist who can listen with empathy and help you gain awareness and change the thoughts that are causing your emotional distress.