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What are mood disorders?

Mood disorders are psychiatric conditions that are characterised by unexpected and abrupt changes in mood. Whilst it is normal for everyone to experience mood swings from time-to-time, if you find that you are repeatedly experiencing strong, rapidly shifting emotions, which seem to be sudden and uncontrollable, it may be that you have developed a mood disorder.

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, our expert psychiatrists and psychologists possess a wealth of experience in treating a range of mood disorders and offer individually tailored treatment in order to produce the best possible outcomes for each and every one of our patients.

What are the different types of mood disorder?

There are several different types of mood disorder, each of which are characterised by their own unique symptoms. These include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Mixed mood states

What are the signs and symptoms of mood disorders?

The signs and symptoms of mood disorders can vary from person to person and also depend on the type of mood disorder that you are suffering from. However, the following are all common signs that a mood disorder may be present:

  • Rapid shifts in mood
  • Persistently experiencing strong emotions that seem to increase in intensity
  • Substance abuse as a means of coping with your changing moods
  • Engaging in risky behaviours
  • Experiencing thoughts of harming yourself during particularly low moods
  • Intense moods that cause you to forget to eat or impact on the quality of your sleep

High quality mood disorder treatment 

An as initial step in mood disorder treatment, our highly qualified psychiatrists will undertake a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms and use this to develop a bespoke treatment plan.

Psychological therapies that have been found to be effective in the treatment of mood disorders include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that aims to address and challenge the dysfunctional thought patterns that may be underpinning your mood disorder
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) – a form of psychotherapy that takes its principles from CBT but has been specifically designed to help those who typically experience very strong emotions

Psychological therapy may take place in a group setting or on an individual basis, depending on your unique requirements. In some cases, specialised medication may also be used to complement the psychotherapy.

For further information call today on: (+971) 4 245 3800 or submit an enquiry form in confidence. We will provide you with details on all our treatments and offer help on how to manage your mental health at a time that suits you.


Imane Bougueffa, Counsellor

This page was clinically reviewed by Imane Bougueffa (BPsych, MScPsych, Counsellor DHCC) in March 2019, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in March 2021. Imane is a trilingual (Arabic, French and English) Clinical Psychologist with 9 years experience in the field. She has extensive experience working with adults and children. Imane specializes in using acceptance-commitment therapy (ACT) in the treatment of mood disorders and also has experience with child problems including bedwetting, jealousy, fears, education, ADHD and learning disabilities. View Imane's full profile here.