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Mood disorders encompass a broad range of mental illnesses that affect a person’s emotional state, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and others. One study reported that an estimated 9.7% of U.S. adults had a mood disorder in the past year, with an estimated 21.4% experiencing a mood disorder at some time in their lives.1 Treatment of a mood disorder is usually a combination of medication and psychotherapy, depending on the specific illness and symptoms present.2 With the proper treatment, most individuals living with mood disorders are able to live full, stable, and productive lives.

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