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    Teen years are often characterized by a newfound confidence, inquisitiveness, risk-taking behavior, and mood swings. However, there is a difference between a bad mood and a mood disorder. A bad mood goes away after sometime whereas a mood disorder stays around hampering a person’s performance at school, work or even during normal gatherings with friends and family. Severe mood disorder leads to the manifestation of mental disorders like bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD). Mood disorders affect a person’s sense of reason and perception, leading the afflicted individual to believe that their problems are not solvable.

    Nevertheless, mood disorders are treatable with the help of appropriate mood disorder treatment plans which take into account the severity, type and the reason behind the mood disorder. ADEONA Healthcare of Rancho San Diego provides an array of effective teen mental health treatment for adolescents suffering from different mental illnesses including mood disorders.

    What is a mood disorder?

    A mood disorder can be defined as a group of mental illnesses which causes dramatic mood swings ranging from a super-happy or elevated mood to a depressed or persistently sad mood. Some examples of mood disorders include MDD, persistent depression, and BD.

    Depression is a serious but treatable mental disorder. Depression often tends to become a permanent condition thus hampering a teens’ ability to enjoy and participate fully in life. Chronic depression may also lead to several other co-occurring disorders. According to experts, people battling an addiction to drugs, alcohol or any other substances are more prone to developing depression. Unfortunately, depression is also the reason for more than two thirds of the suicides that take place in the United States each year. Suicide has been identified as one of the leading causes of adolescent deaths.

    All mood disorders may not involve depression. Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, a common mood disorder, leads to severe and chronic anger resulting in frequent anger outbursts in teenagers.

    Symptoms of Mood Disorders

    Symptoms of mood disorder differ from individual to individual. It is difficult to distinguish mood disorders from normal teenage mood swings. However, the differentiating factor is that the symptoms of mood disorders tend to persist. Some of the common symptoms of mood disorders are:

    • Anger, irritability, and unperceived moments of rage
    • Feelings or expressions of sadness and hopelessness
    • Lowered energy – or agitation and restlessness
    • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
    • Lack of self-esteem and confidence

    Parents and guardians also need to look out for other telltale signs such as poor performance at school, overreacting to criticism, withdrawal from friends and family, attempts or talks about suicide, and signs of alcohol, drug or substance abuse.

    Causes of Mood Disorders

    Although there is no concrete evidence, causes of mood swings differ from individual to individual. These are complicated disorders which may be a combination of the following causes:

    • Genetics
    • Problems with mood regulation in the brain
    • Other medical problems
    • Side effects of medication

    Once the cause can be determined, it helps in deciding the best mood disorder treatment modality suitable for the affected teen.

    Why choose ADEONA Healthcare?

    ADEONA Healthcare of Rancho San Diego is a leading provider of teen mental health treatment programs. Our facility uses psychotherapy and individual and group therapy complimented by alternate therapies like yoga and exercise as a part of the mental health intervention program.

    Other factors that make us the ideal choice for your adolescent’s needs include the following.

    • We are a fully accredited teen mental health treatment facility licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services
    • Our facility is gated, secure, and geared to the safety of our clients
    • We provide a comfortable, safe, and friendly environment for recovery and therapy

    Our adolescent patients receive effective, scientifically-backed treatment for not only the problem at hand but also for the factors that led to the problem.

    For more information about how ADEONA Healthcare can help your teen lead the happy life they deserve, call our 24/7 teen mental health treatment helpline (888) 997-3966. You can also chat online with a representative for further assistance.

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