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Mood Disorders: What Parents and Teachers Should Know

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[Source: National Association of School Psychologists]

By: Ralph E. (Gene) Cash, PhD, NCSP & Katherine C. Cowan

Mood disorders are among the most common mental health problems experienced by children and adolescents. They include all types of depression as well as Bipolar Disorders (formerly called Manic-Depression) and are sometimes referred to as “affective disorders.” Children with mood disorders often are either depressed, manic (unrealistically “up” or hyper), or alternating between the two. Mood disorders are generally caused by chemical imbalances in the brain but also can be triggered by environmental causes, as with Seasonal Affective Disorder; a prolonged or severe medical illness; or biological influences, such as Postpartum Depression.

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