ABOUT MOOD DISORDER
Emotional disorder generally refers to any emotion related disease with symptoms usually lasting four weeks or longer and with negative impacts on the daily life (e.g. work or learning performance, social life, family relations etc.) of patients.
Common emotional disorders are generalized under six categories including constant anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Statistics in recent years indicate that one of five Hong Kong people is suffered from emotional disorder to a certain degree.
Although emotional disorder is mainly characterized by emotional troubles such as fidgets, nervousness, anxiety and depression, it also has physical symptoms like insomnia, headache, fatigue, informal pain etc. Causes of emotional disorder are complicated.
Besides psychological factors (e.g. thinking pattern, personal character etc.) and environmental factors (e.g. heavy pressure, unemployment and bad interpersonal relationship), imbalance of chemical transmitter substances, especially serotonin, in the brains of patients is also a principal cause, as is shown by many medical documents.
Common Types of Mood Disorder