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Other persistent mood [affective] disorders Save

ICD-10 code: F34.8

Chapter: Mental and behavioural disorders

Understanding Other Persistent Mood Disorders

While many people are familiar with depression and bipolar disorder, there are other persistent mood disorders that can have a significant impact on a person's life. These disorders are characterized by prolonged periods of low or elevated mood that may not fit neatly into the diagnostic criteria for depression or bipolar disorder. Here are a few examples:

  1. Dysthymia - Also known as persistent depressive disorder, dysthymia is a chronic form of depression that lasts for at least two years. People with dysthymia may experience low mood, feelings of hopelessness, and difficulty enjoying activities they used to find pleasurable. While dysthymia may not be as severe as major depressive disorder, it can still significantly impact a person's quality of life.
  2. Cyclothymia - Cyclothymia is a milder form of bipolar disorder that involves cycling between periods of hypomania (elevated mood) and mild depression. The mood swings in cyclothymia are less severe than in bipolar disorder, but they still interfere with a person's ability to function normally.
  3. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) - PMDD is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that affects up to 8% of menstruating women. In addition to physical symptoms like bloating and fatigue, PMDD causes mood swings, irritability, and other emotional symptoms that can be debilitating. While PMS is a common experience for many women, PMDD is much more severe and can significantly impact a woman's ability to function during the days leading up to her period.
  4. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - SAD is a type of depression that typically occurs during the fall and winter months when there is less sunlight. Symptoms of SAD may include low mood, fatigue, and increased appetite. While SAD is often referred to as the "winter blues," it can be a serious condition that interferes with a person's ability to function normally.

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of one of these persistent mood disorders, it's important to seek help from a mental health professional. While these conditions may not be as well-known as depression or bipolar disorder, they can still have a significant impact on your life. With the right treatment, however, it's possible to manage these conditions and improve your quality of life.

Diagnosis Codes for Other persistent mood [affective] disorders | F34.8