Mood Disorders Clinic
Depression and other mental conditions are complex, and researchers and scientists are still learning how these disorders affect children and teens. What we do know is that these disorders can take a devastating toll on youth and their families, and negatively affect a child’s physical health, performance in school, family and social relationships, and overall well-being.
Our goal is to help children and teens enjoy a healthy and happy childhood and adolescence as much as possible. We emphasize care from a patient and family perspective to ensure that each child receives the most appropriate treatment.
The Importance of Pediatric Specialists
It is normal for a child to feel sad, irritable, or upset sometimes. For that reason, some may misdiagnose or dismiss depression as a normal part of childhood, especially with teens. When these feelings do not go away, however, pediatric specialists have the expertise to recognize depression in children and provide an appropriate intervention.
major depression, dysthymic disorder, and manic-depressive illness. Our specialists perform a comprehensive evaluation during your child’s initial visit to accurately diagnose the condition, including a discussion about your child’s individual symptoms, family history, and related psychological concerns.
Follow-up care may involve individual therapy, family therapy, and medication when necessary. The clinic also provides second opinion evaluations.
Research to Improve Patient Outcomes
We are committed to discovering better ways to identify, prevent, and treat these disorders in children. Researchers at the Centers for Neuroscience and Clinical and Community Research study the factors that can lead to depression in school-age children, and endeavor to identify new therapies to improve quality of life for patients and families.
To learn more about enrolling your child in a research study or clinical trial, speak with your child’s doctor, nurse, or other care team members.
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