Depression is a condition associated with sad mood and/or loss of interest in pleasurable activities that used to be pleasurable. Someone who is depressed can have difficulty initiating tasks, may experience loss of appetite or overeating, and even suicidal behavior. Someone with depression may feel sad, empty, hopeless, helpless, guilty, or restless regardless of their life circumstances.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a complex brain disorder that involves sudden mood shifts from high to low. These dramatic mood swings, known as episodes, are referred to as stages of mania and depression. Bipolar disorder affects over five million Americans.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition in which someone has uncontrollable, excessive thoughts (obsessions) that can lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Someone who is diagnosed with OCD may find themselves in a cycle of repeating certain behaviors to neutralize the obsessive thoughts. This can be time consuming, and may interfere with a person’s daily life.