What Are Mood Disorders

The Mood School uses Dr Durrell’s Quaternary Mood Model to identify four main Mood Disorders which include:

  1. PANIC DISORDER – In this condition, the patient presents with excessive levels of fear which rapidly escalate and result in disabling panic states. During these panic states the patient often feels like they are about to die. Sweating, palpitations, confusion, breathlessness, tremors, nausea and fainting tend to accompany these panic attacks.
  2. RAGE DISORDER – In this condition, the patient is overwhelmed by excessive levels of anger, cognitive decline, tremor, sweating and hyperventilation. Destructive and aggressive behaviour are the common consequences of this Mood Disorder.
  3. DEPRESSION – In this condition, the patient suffers with prolonged bouts of low mood associated with sleep disturbance, appetite changes, low energy, poor concentration, low self-esteem, low libido and many other symptoms. Suicidal behaviour is often a tragic outcome of unrecognised depression.
  4. MANIA – In this condition, the patient is overwhelmed by excessive levels of happiness associated with racing thoughts, hyperactivity, restlessness, exaggerated self-esteem, heightened libido, reckless behaviour, loud pressured speech and grandiosity.