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