"If 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.
You 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 well being.
Some major examples of emotional distress that may require the help of a therapist include:
Trauma (click here to learn more about trauma therapy)
There 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.