Sorting Out Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents - PSY699

Sorting Out Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents

by Joan Calandra, PhD, RN and Oren Shtayermman, MSW, PhD
(4.1 / 9 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Psychology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


This continuing education module highlights mood disorders (also called affective disorders) that are diagnosed in childhood and adolescence. Bipolar and depressive disorders, as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition:DSM-5 are discussed, including disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, which appeared for the first time in the DSM-5. Identifying and diagnosing childhood mood disorders requires special knowledge and skill. Children and adolescents with mood disorders present differently than adults with mood disorders. Mental health professionals who work with children must possess a child-centric understanding of mood disorders to identify problems, provide proper treatment, or refer to the appropriate discipline.


The goal of this continuing education program is to inform mental healthcare caregivers and providers about the symptoms, diagnoses, and recommended treatment for the most prevalent mood disorders affecting children and adolescents. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify criteria for diagnoses of depressive and bipolar disorders in children and adolescents
  • Describe how mood disorder symptoms manifest differently in children than in adults
  • Discuss the treatment benefits and risks for specific mood disorders in children and adolescents

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, social workers and psychologists.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Instructional level: Intermediate
Target audience: Psychologists

Course Originally Released on: 3/25/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/15/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/15/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Jennifer S - Shaker Heights, OH  ·  Feb 23, 2018
Well done. Valuable content. Clear delivery.
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Kathie N - Lawrence, KS  ·  Feb 12, 2018
Nice presentation of criteria and case examples.
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KAREN H - San Antonio, TX  ·  Dec 09, 2017
Just the right amount of information presented in clear fashion.
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Dorothy A - Sharon Springs, NY  ·  Oct 03, 2017
great information for pediatric nurses
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Darla Y - Waco, TX  ·  Sep 20, 2017
I thought it was a good description of the diagnoses of depression with children
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50