- Persistent feelings of sadness or irritability
- Increased temper outbursts
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Problems sleeping
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Loss of interest in activities or isolating from friends and family
- Problems in school or difficulties in relationships
Duke behavioral health specialists treat the full spectrum of mood disorders in children and adolescents including: depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.
Signs of Mood Disorders
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Seek Professional Help
If these difficulties are getting in the way of your child’s enjoyment of life, school performance, or social relationships, we can work with your family on strategies to manage these concerns.
Why Choose Duke
Customized Care Plan
Our team of pediatric psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses works together to create a customized care plan. Anxiety, ADHD, and substance abuse may co-occur with mood disorders. Our team will work with you to address all of your child’s unique needs.
Sensitive Care for Children with Chronic Physical Illnesses
For children who have serious or chronic physical illnesses, we have teams of specialists both in the hospital and in our outpatient clinics who are sensitive to the strain these illnesses can cause. They can help your child overcome mood disturbances related to their illness and medical treatment.