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
(4.3 / 88 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.
Relias LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Relias LLC 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. Relias LLC 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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Deborah H - Frisco, TX  ·  Feb 19, 2020
very good content/well written
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Ireri K - Tacoma, WA  ·  Aug 16, 2019
Great information and easy to follow along.
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Michael S - Gardner, KS  ·  Jun 20, 2019
Enjoyed the description of the different diagnosis and the differences between them.
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Jacki N - Tampa, FL  ·  Jun 14, 2019
It is very basic information.
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GLEN C - Riverside, RI  ·  Jun 14, 2019
More examples would be helpful.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50