Mood Disorders & General Psychiatry
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The Children's Health℠ mood disorders program offers a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment through clinicians at our Center and at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The program provides care for children and adolescents, particularly those suffering from depression or who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Why Children’s Health℠?
Children’s Health℠ is the nation’s eighth-largest pediatric health care provider. For more than 100 years, Children’s Health has been dedicated to making life better for children afflicted with complex physical and mental conditions that require optimal care.
We offer one of the most comprehensive specialty programs available for children and teens that need psychiatric and psychological services. The physicians who practice at Children’s Health are supported by a team of therapists, nurses and other professionals committed to helping children and adolescents in our hospitals and outpatient clinics.
We work closely with you, your child and family to help your child in one setting.
Children with depressive symptoms are seen by professionals in our Depression Clinic on an outpatient basis. Depending upon specific needs, your child might receive medication evaluation and management. We’ll also provide both individual and family therapy. If we determine that a child requires higher levels of care, she will receive services in the day treatment and inpatient programs.
The physicians who practice at Children’s Health have access to the latest research and treatments for children and adolescents. We’re recognized experts on treating eating disorders, depression and other mood disorders, and in preventing suicide in children and teens.
In the field of pediatric psychiatry, the most prolific areas of research include mood disorders, depression and suicidal tendencies. Studies examine the mechanisms of mood disorders. Current research includes studies involving:
• Pharmacotherapy – the pharmacy practice area that ensures the safest, most appropriate and economical use of drugs to treat patients
• Psychotherapy – the treatment of mental health issues that involves patient interaction with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider
• Translational research (involving genetics) – research design to make findings from basic science applicable in a practical way to enhance physical and mental health
• fMRI studies – involving functional magnetic resonance imaging technology to measure brain activity
Every child or teen faces significant changes and challenges as they grow. These can lead to mood disorders. Contributing factors can include peer pressure, chronic illness, family changes, and a death or other loss. Sometimes it’s simply because the passages from childhood to adolescence to adulthood are inherently difficult.
Whatever the cause, your child may have trouble coping – which can lead to mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder (with its mood swings), and even to suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
It’s extremely important that you seek help for your child if you feel he is demonstrating symptoms of mood disorder. According to statistics, 2,000 to 3,000 adolescents out of 100,000 will experience a mood disorder, and eight to 10 of that troubled group of 2,000-plus will actually commit suicide. In the Dallas/Fort Worth region, an estimated 45,000 children suffer major depression or bipolar disorder. Of those, approximately 180 will commit.
Even if you’re unsure whether your child needs help, you still should consult a mental health professional.