What Are Mood Disorders?
Teen mood and thought disorders are a form of mental illness that chronically affect a teen’s mood. There are a number of different illnesses that fall under the “mood disorder” category, the most common of which are depression and bipolar disorder. Mood disorders are increasingly prevalent among teenagers in the United States today, and are the leading cause for hospitalization among both youth and adults.
Although some level of mood fluctuation is normal for most people, a these disorders are characterized by a prolonged period of low, difficult mood, which doesn’t appear to change, despite changing and even improving circumstance.
What Causes Mood and Thought Disorders?
It’s often difficult to determine the cause of a mood disorder. These conditions can sometimes be triggered by a difficult life event (such as loss of a loved one or traumatic experience) but can also arrive unexplained. Symptoms can change and worsen, over time, and the conditions can be hard to predict.
Often these disorders are associated with brain chemical imbalance, including hormone changes, but there can also be hereditary factors at play. Despite the increasing prevalence of teen mood disorders, it’s common for them to go undiagnosed and untreated for years following the onset of the illness.
Symptoms of Mood Disorders in Teens
When looking at symptoms of thought and mood disorders in teens, it’s important to understand that symptoms can range widely, depending on the specific condition present and the individual’s circumstances, environment, tendencies, and disposition. With that said, it’s common for teen mood disorders to include any combination of the following symptoms:
- Unexplained irritability
- Unrelenting feelings of sadness
- Overall, unrelenting feelings of hopelessness
- Difficulty concentrating and indecisiveness
- Tendency to isolate
- Sudden change in appetite
- Unrelenting fatigue
- Difficulty sleeping
- Thoughts of suicide or other self-harm
- Apathy toward life overall, even things that once brought enjoyment
Types of Teen Mood Disorder Treatment Available
Treatment for teen mood disorders can be extremely beneficial, helping teens to gain considerable relief from symptoms they’re experiencing. Beyond this, teen mood disorder treatment can help teens to make positive changes and recovery in their lives, as they emerge from the symptoms, which were debilitating to their lives, on numerous levels.
Not only is it very possible for teens with thought disorders to feel better and live healthy lives, but to learn to manage the symptoms of their illness, long-term. Overall, teen treatment for mood disorders is extremely successful and helpful, and studies consistently show that the earlier teens begin treatment, the greater the effects.
The Paradigm Austin Difference
At Paradigm Austin, we provide comprehensive therapeutic treatment plans for teens struggling with thought and mood disorders. Our teen mood disorder treatment plans are all designed according to teens’ individual symptoms, needs, and interests. As with any mental illness, treatment varies according to the specific disorder present, as well as the individual teen. In most cases, a combination of talk therapy and group therapy are implemented, and often medication can be helpful, especially in balancing brain chemical levels.
Sometimes, other alternative therapies might be implemented as well, which often are targeted toward assisting in stress and anxiety reduction. Examples of such therapies might include massage, acupuncture, music therapy, and art therapy, which are just a few of the options we offer at Paradigm Austin. We provide treatment to local teens from Austin, as well as teens from all over the country.