From Depression to Bipolar, Mood Disorders are No Longer Just for Adults

Traditionally, the field of psychology saw major mood disorders as existing primarily in adults. However, today, those disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder, are increasingly seen in adolescents. In fact, recent studies have found that as many as 15%-18% of teens have experienced a mood episode by age 18. A mood episode is either an […]

Does Your Teen Have a Mood Disorder?

The teenage years can be tumultuous, and many parents of teens wonder whether their child is typical or if they have some type of disorder or mental health issue. To be sure, the typical mood swings, overreactions, and lack of judgment can seem troubling, but they are often simply a sign of adolescence. How can […]

2 New Mood Disorders Teens May Experience

The clinical reference used by mental health professionals gets revised periodically by scholars and researchers in the field of psychology. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a text that helps standardize the language used by  mental health providers.  For instance, when a therapist calls a psychiatrist about a client with Bipolar […]

Teenage Girls Tend to Have More Mood Disorders Than Teen Boys

Certain mental illnesses that have to do with emotions and moods are sometimes called Mood Disorders. These illnesses can include various experiences of mood, such as having a very low mood, such as with depression, or a very high mood, such as mania. There is also the experience of hypomania, which is a less severe […]

Teen Mood Disorders and Homelessness

It’s hard to believe but adolescents can be homeless too. It’s easy to imagine adults living on the streets; we’ve all seen homeless men and women especially in urban parts of the United States.  Yet, sadly, adolescents and even children are sometimes left without the resources they need, such as food and shelter. According to […]

Females are More Vulnerable to Teen Mood Disorders

Up until recently, certain mental illnesses that had to do with emotions were categorized under mood disorders, also known as affective disorders. The word affect is a clinical term for emotion or feeling. In the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illnesses, however, teen mood disorders are now categorized differently. […]

Tools to Better Understand Teen Dissociative Disorder

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness experienced by someone who has experienced a traumatic event, and who is experiencing symptoms of anxiety as a result. Typical symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, bad dreams, and frightening thoughts. An individual might also exhibit symptoms […]