Teen Mood Disorder Treatment, What Is It?
Teen Mood Disorder Treatment is needed, as the name implies, when there’s a psychological illness connected with a person’s mood. Close to 10% of people in the U.S. are affected by a Mood Disorder, the most predominant forms being Depression and Bipolar Disorder. Of the people diagnosed with a form of Mood Disorder, only about half undergo treatment.
What It Looks Like
A Mood Disorder is characterized by an ongoing difficult emotional state that doesn’t subside, regardless of changes in circumstance or the relenting of the original cause. In contrast to the normal, understandable shifts in mood caused by traumatic or tragic life events, or even just day-to-day living, a Mood Disorder can arrive unexplained, vary with extremity, and persist indefinitely.
- Persistent feelings of deep sadness, seemingly unrelated to a specific event or known reason
- Persistent sense of hopelessness
- Fatigue and restlessness
- Change in appetite and/or sudden gain or loss of weight
- Unexplained moods of anger or irritability
- Sense of failure and rejection
- Inability to concentrate and/or make decisions
- Sudden onset of physical discomfort, such as stomach pains or headaches
- Desire to withdraw from those close to you
- Suicidal thoughts/attempts
The most common types of diagnosed Mood Disorders are Depression and Bipolar Disorder.
The most predominant, consistent cause for a Mood Disorder is a brain chemical imbalance, which is found in a high percentage of those affected. That being said, it can also be hereditary, as they are often present in more than one family member. Also, traumatic events and/or shifts in hormones can serve as “triggers” to the onset of the disorder.
Teen Mood Disorder Treatment
There’s an array of options to help treat the symptoms of Mood Disorders, depending on the person’s individual experience. Some of the most effective options include but are not limited to:
Individual Talk Therapy
One of the most powerful and immediate forms of help a person can have is someone with an objective, knowledgeable perspective who can acknowledge the person’s feelings, provide insight in navigating relationships, identify untrue beliefs, and identify stressors or triggers that can be removed or avoided.
Group Talk Therapy
Especially for those people who feel a sense of isolation, group therapy can help the person understand he/she isn’t alone, and this isn’t the first time anyone has ever felt this way. The person gains the company of either family members or friends, addressing the situation together. It’s also a powerful resource in addressing that the Disorder exists, what events may have led to it, and how the family can help support the affected person throughout what’s next.
Considering the high presence of a brain chemical imbalance in people with Mood Disorders, prescription medications can help rebalance levels and re-establish a healthy neutral mood state, as a starting point to face the everyday stress of life.
In addition to talk therapy, there is an array of other creative therapies that help to add a positive force to the person’s life and help begin to establish healthy new habits and lifestyle choices. Some of these therapies can include: massage, exercise regimes, dietary changes, sound sleep, and music and art.
Especially at the onset of Mood Disorder and/or following a traumatic event, time at a treatment facility, gaining help with learning to navigate the illness can be a powerful resource to help the person establish a healthy attitude and habits in dealing with his/her experience.
How long will this last and how bad might it get?
It’s common for Mood Disorders to last throughout a person’s lifetime; however, treatment can provide the support and relief needed for a person to lead a healthy, happy, productive life. Along these lines, it’s important to note that the earlier a person seeks treatment, the sooner this improvement can begin, and can help prevent symptoms from worsening. Often, people with some symptoms wait until a more extreme or catastrophic event takes place before seeking help, which only causes more unnecessary hardship.
Is medication mandatory?
When it comes to treatment for your mental health, nothing is mandatory. If you are uncomfortable or uncertain with any type of suggested therapy, the most important thing is to communicate: ask questions, communicate concerns, and make sure you have the most complete knowledge possible about your options. We often find that a combination of different treatments provide the most successful results, but it’s the patient’s decision as to what therapy will entail.
Is treatment really necessary?
As evident by the large number of patients diagnosed with Mood Disorders but who are not undergoing treatment, there’s certainly a possibility you can live without getting treatment. However, it’s very probable that without teen mood disorder treatment, you are putting yourself more at risk for continuing and possibly worsening mood fluctuations, anxiety, and difficulty functioning in your daily life. So it may not ultimately be a question of whether or not you can live without therapy, but what improvement in quality of life you can have, with therapy.