What are Mood Disorders?
A Mood Disorder describes any prolonged condition that affects mood and behavior. Most Mood Disorders in children are subcategorized as:
- Major Depression
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
- Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder
- Mood Disorder due to a Medical Condition
- Substance-Induced Mood Disorder
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms will vary based on the age and development level of the child. Common symptoms may include a child having thoughts, feelings or reactions that are so intense they may appear over-exaggerated. They may experience extreme highs and/or lows that may persist. You may also notice changes in sleeping and eating habits.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
A diagnosis must be made by a medical professional. Make an appointment with an Esse Health Child Physiatrist if you have concerns about your child's mood. As there are many subcategories under Mood Disorders, a comprehensive review of your child's medical history and complete evaluation are necessary to make a diagnosis.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Treatment will be determined based on the diagnosis and specific condition or conditions affecting your child. Your Esse Health doctor will work closely with you to determine how best to help you and your child. Therapy is usually recommended and medications may be an option.