Mood Swings and Muddled Thinking

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MindEd provides free mental health e-learning for anyone who works or volunteers with children, teenagers or young people. The MindEd programme includes free online CAMHS training, counselling courses and mental health resources for teachers and health professionals.

This session addresses mood swings and mood disorders in children, such as bipolar disorder and teenage depression. It describes the difficulties that young people can have with their thoughts, feelings and emotions and how these are revealed in what they say and do. Find out more about the teenage depression test, and what you can do to help.

  • Problems with mental health can occur at any age, but half of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14 years.
  • Effective treatments, given as early as possible, can prevent problems getting worse and reduce the impact of mental health problems in the future.
  • The early stages of mental health problems, including bipolar in children, can sometimes be too difficult to distinguish from other challenges that children and teens go through. It can be difficult to be certain that problems with mental health are due to one particular disorder rather than another.
  • Sometimes an accurate diagnosis only emerges over time, but children and young people can still be helped in a variety of ways, including practical support, talking treatments or sometimes, medication.

Access the full MindEd session here.
Content provided by MindEd. Author: Dan Hayes. Published: March 2014. Review: March 2017.

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