Updated January 2023
Mood disorders are the most common kind of mental illness. They impact people of all ages, from children to seniors—and in many cases, go undiagnosed and untreated.
If you're in a community-serving career, it is very likely that you've encountered people suffering from mood disorders.
In 2021, 9.6 per cent of Canadians were diagnosed with mood disorders, up from nine per cent the previous year. And some estimates suggest at least 21% of the U.S. population is dealing with this category of mental illness.
Early diagnosis and intervention are absolutely crucial—and that begins with mental health training and awareness.
What are the most common kinds of mood disorders, and what symptoms should you be aware of? Let's get started.