Mood Disorder Nos are difficult to diagnose
True clinical Depression is defined as: long periods of excessive sadness, which continue years after the initial trauma which caused the depression. The depression has to be bad enough to prevent the person from being able to perform daily chores, function normally in employment, and have friends, to name a few social examples.
Other reasons to label someone as suffering from true Depression, could also include, along with the above symptoms: alcohol or drug dependency, impaired food intake, irrational and extreme anxiety, or suicidal potential.
The above is all true for Bipolar cases, the difference being that their depression will be interrupted by hyperactive ‘highs’, which bare no resemblance to true happiness or joy.
But if the person has Mood Disorder Nos, the criteria above will not necessarily be present, or a few criteria may be present, but not enough to classify them as a Depressive, or as Bipolar.
Do not label someone with Mood Disorder Nos if they are grieving naturally
Grieving over a loss can vary. Many people, Therapists and Doctors included, do not know that a depressive reaction to a loss, is not always over the loss of a loved one, via death, divorce, or break-up. Nor does it have to be over the loss of an object, such as in the case of one’s house burning down. Loss of the most extreme kind can be felt over the loss of things like: self-respect/self-worth/self-love. These type of losses are often brought on by an extremely criticizing person in their life. This depressive cause is one of the hardest to figure out, precisely because the criticized person never realized that they were being sytematically devalued. Physical abuse is easy to spot, as a cause of depression. Verbal abuse is often so subtle, that few people spot it as a cause of depression.
The Mood Disorder Nos in this kind of depression, is, as always, atypical, with the ‘depressed’ person having friends, doing well at work, and generally being highly functional.
Cause and effect with Mood Disorder Nos
It is a ragingly controversial debate as to whether anxiety or depression can CAUSE illnesses such as hyperthyroidism/asthma/hypertension/ or whether these kinds of illnesses are simply hereditary, or with no known cause. Either way, once these illnesses manifest, they, in turn, can cause Mood Disorder Nos:
The person appears to be psychotic or to have hallucinations, but, as with all Mood Disorder Nos, there are insufficient criteria or time passed, to warrant classifying the person as actually having a real Mood Disorder.
Mood disorder Nos such as temporary psychosis, hallucinations, extreme anxiety, or depression, can be caused by:
Mood Disorder Nos caused byMedication: for example, B-Blockers/barbiturates/estrogen/contraceptive pill/ or a combination of medications.
Mood Disorder Nos caused byIllness: for example, diabetes/minor stroke/sleep apnea/tumors pressing on nerves or disturbing neurotransmitters.
Mood Disorder Nos caused by Street drugs: for example, many people have reported experiencing hallucinations and extreme depression, many months after taking LSD, as this drug sets off a chain reaction, altering the brain chemistry, in many cases, permanently.
Mood Disorder Nos caused by Cult brainwashing: for example, members of Religious Cults have their own values replaced with the Cult’s values, which can lead to a complete personality breakdown, and consequent depression and other Mood Disorder Nos.
Should you give an antidepressant medication to someone with Mood Disorder Nos?
Since Mood Disorder Nos are so often caused by medications, adding more medications to the daily schedule, could worsen the situation. People with Mood Disorder Nos need Therapy, love, and if possible, reduced medication, but of course, only with a doctor’s approval.
It is normal to have anxiety for months after being burglarised while in your home. Does someone have Mood Disorder Nos if they are still anxious when in their home, a year after the attack? What about two years ? It all depends on the severity of the trauma, so labelling someone as having Mood Disorder Nos may be a convenient way of avoiding admitting that one does not understand why the ‘patient’ is still traumatised. The ‘patient’ may have no Mood Disorder Nos at all.