Mood disorders are mental health conditions that interfere with your emotional state. They can also interfere with your child’s physical health, social development, and academic success.
Some of the common mood disorders that affect children and teenagers include depression, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), and bipolar disorder. Mood disorders can also co-occur with other mental health issues like anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and substance abuse.
Ultimately, you know your child best. If their mood or behavior seems abnormal and you’re concerned, you should make an appointment with Dr. Copelan.
She provides thorough evaluations and can either provide peace of mind or the customized psychiatric care your child needs to thrive.
After evaluating and diagnosing your child, Dr. Copelan creates a personalized treatment plan to help regulate their mood and restore their mental, emotional, and physical health. Depending on your child’s needs, she might prescribe medication and recommend counseling.
Medication can help even out your child’s mood, and during therapy, they learn how to identify and express their feelings in healthy, productive ways. They can also practice social skills and learn strategies to cope with negative thoughts and feelings.