Mood Disorders in children and adolescents
Everyone feels sad, excited or angry sometimes. When kids have too much of their emotions, they might have a mood disorder. A mood disorder is an illness of the brain. The feelings, thoughts and behaviors of mood disorders can cause problems in a kid’s life. What causes mood disorders in children is up for debate. There are chemicals in the brain that are responsible for positive moods. Mood disorders may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, on its own or along with environmental factors, such as unexpected life events and/or chronic stress. Depression and bipolar disorder are examples of mood disorders.
Symptoms Of Mood Disorders in children and adolescents
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Helpful Links For Mood Disorders
- Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation - The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation educates families, professionals, and the public about pediatric bipolar disorder; connects families with resources and support.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - DBSA is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder, primarily for adults and their families.
- BP Children - Offers mood charts, posters, a newsletter, and excellent books such as Intense Minds, Brandon and the Bipolar Bear (also available in a DVD storytelling format), Anger Mountain, and My Roller Coaster Feelings Book and Work Book