Mood and Anxiety Disorders


What color is depression?

What color is anxiety?

What color is happiness or peace of mind?

The Spectrum of Our Moods

Like color, our moods occur along a spectrum. In fact, different mood states correspond with the visible colors of the light spectrum--violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.

Depression is deep purple and blue is for sadness. Happiness and excitement move from green through yellow. Irritability and anxiety appear orange. Anger flares red. Some say black is for fear and gray is for a state of non-feeling. But they are not really parts of the spectrum.

As with color, everyone experiences each of the mood states along the spectrum of feelings at one time or another. Our moods are not inherently good or bad. They simply reflect our human response to changing circumstances. Sometimes negative moods become persistent and intense and impair our lives, our relationships, and our sense of well being. When this happens, intervention and treatment may be necessary.

How do I know if I have a mood disorder or other mental health problem?

One of the best online resources for information on mental health problems is the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). You will find definitions, symptoms, full-length articles, free online publications, and a vast collection of related links and resources. You will want to see a mental health professional or healthcare provider if you are concerned that you have a problem. But  the NIMH website is a good place for helpful information.

Click on each of the links below to go to the exact location of specific topics. Then peruse the website for more.

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