Mood Problems

Mood problems are not unusual in children and adolescents.  Parents struggle with whether their child’s distress will dissipate on its own or whether it is indicative of a more serious concern that would benefit from professional assessment and possible treatment. 

Often when parents give us a call about their child’s sadness they are looking for reasons why it might be happening, ideas for how they can help their child themselves, and of course how to get their child back on happier footing again.

When considering seeing a psychologist a good indicator for parents to consider is the Frequency, Intensity, and Duration (FID) of the child’s symptoms and reactions.  The greater the FID the more an assessment is indicated.  All of the psychologists at Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates are trained in assessing, diagnosing, and treating depressive disorders.

Depression, Dysthymia, and Bipolar Disorder are the most common mood disorders.  Depression is thought to be caused by a combination of factors: Environmental, psychological, biological, and genetic.  Dysthymia is caused more by the latter three factors and Bipolar by the latter two. 

Medication therapy is commonplace in the treatment of mood disorders, however, many individuals do not wish to start with medication or to even use medication at all, especially for younger children.  Research and practical experience clearly demonstrate that psychotherapy can significantly improve the functioning of individuals and families struggling with mood disorders.

At Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates we utilize CBT, Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Family-based therapies when addressing mood disorders depending upon the psychologist doing the treatment and the specific issues involved.