Mood Disorders are a psychological category of disturbances in mood, or affect. They include conditions such as Major Depression Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, along with other less-known, but often just as pervasive, disruptions in mood.
Children and adolescents experience and express depression differently than adults do. While adults can talk about their feelings and seek treatment on their own, children often do not have yet have the vocabulary or cognitive skills to understand and then express the complex range of feelings associated with depression. Adolescents and teenagers, while verbally fluent, often have difficulty opening up to their parents, and therefore, may struggle to express depressive feelings.
Depression and other Mood Disorders are treatable, especially with early intervention. Play Therapy and CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), and Family Therapy are some of the treatment techniques I use in my clinical practice.