This category includes disorders with mood symptoms that do not meet the criteria for any specific Mood Disorder.
In which, it is difficult to choose between Depressive Disorder Not Otherwise Specified and Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.
For most people who suffer the condition, their life will be significantly affected. The disorder can make many aspects of a person’s daily life difficult to manage, inhibiting their ability to enjoy the things that used to make them happy.
Those with the disorder tend to isolate themselves from their friends and families, lose interest in some activities, and experience behavioral changes and sleeping disorders; suicidal tendencies or suicide attempts.
A diagnosis of this disorder will only be made if the symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Symptoms of the disorder may arise due to several reasons. These include:
- Distress due to medical conditions
- Environmental effects and situations
However, the effects of drugs or medication or bereavement are not classified under the diagnosis.
A person will not be diagnosed with the condition if they have or have had any of the following: a major depressive episode, manic episode, mixed episode or hypomanic episode.