I found about 6-8 more books of photos of the kids, so the blogs will be growing in my “off” time, (which isnt much.). I want to finish Chase’s blog first, then complete Melody’s. Hers is so old, that sneaking in posts are going to be impossible to find, unless i post on face book or you follow the blog. And im trying to stay off of facebook through the difficult times.
That being said, i found a therapist. Which is stirring up feelings. Im not very happy at the moment. Melody will be changing therapists soon. The things she says and does make me want to cry and im at loss as to what to do!
Please pray for us.
…Suffers from a wide range of issues and its so frustrating to me at times. Its all because of the constant abuse by her half brother.
She suffers from
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- Be disorganized
- Lack focus
- Have a hard time paying attention to details and a tendency to make careless mistakes. Their work might be messy and seem careless.
- Have trouble staying on topic while talking, not listening to others, and not following social rules
- Be forgetful about daily activities (for example, missing appointments, forgetting to bring lunch)
- Be easily distracted by things like trivial noises or events that are usually ignored by others.
- Fidget and squirm when seated.
- Get up frequently to walk or run around.
- Run or climb a lot when it’s not appropriate. (In teens this may seem like restlessness.)
- Have trouble playing quietly or doing quiet hobbies
- Always be “on the go”
- Talk excessively
- Having a hard time waiting to talk or react
Overview of Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents
What are mood disorders?
What causes mood disorders?
Who is affected by mood disorders?
What are the different types of mood disorders?
Major depression. A period of a depressed or irritable mood or a noticeable decrease in interest or pleasure in usual activities, along with other signs, lasting at least two weeks.
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia). A chronic, low-grade, depressed or irritable mood for at least 1 year.
Bipolar disorder. Manic episodes (period of persistently elevated mood), interspersed with depressed periods, or periods of flat or blunted emotional response.
Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. A persistent irritability and extreme inability to control behavior exhibited in children under the age of 18.
Premenstrual dysmorphic disorder. This includes depressive symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation.
Mood disorder due to a general medical condition. Many medical illnesses (including cancer, injuries, infections, and chronic medical illnesses) can trigger symptoms of depression.
Substance-induced mood disorder. Symptoms of depression that are due to the effects of medication or other forms of treatment, drug abuse, or exposure to toxins.
What are the symptoms of mood disorders?
Persistent feelings of sadness
Feeling hopeless or helpless
Having low self-esteem
Feelings of wanting to die
Loss of interest in usual activities or activities once enjoyed
Difficulty with relationships
Sleep disturbances (for example, insomnia, or hypersomnia)
Changes in appetite or weight
A decrease in the ability to make decisions
Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Frequent physical complaints (for example, headache, stomachache, or fatigue)
Running away or threats of running away from home
Hypersensitivity to failure or rejection
Irritability, hostility, aggression
Difficulty achieving in school
Trouble with family
Difficulty with friends and peers
How are mood disorders diagnosed?
Treatment for mood disorders
Your adolescent’s age, overall health, and medical history
Extent of your adolescent’s symptoms
Type of mood disorder
Your adolescent’s tolerance for specific medications or therapies
Expectations for the course of the condition
Your opinion or preference
Medications (especially when combined with psychotherapy has shown to be very effective in the treatment of mood disorders in children and teens)
Psychotherapy (most often cognitive-behavioral and/or interpersonal therapy) for the adolescent (focused on changing the adolescent’s distorted views of themselves and the environment around them; working through difficult relationships; identifying stressors in the adolescent’s environment and how to avoid them)
Consultation with the adolescent’s school
Prevention of mood disorders
What Is Anxiety?
Can Children Really Suffer From Depression?
How Can I Tell if My Child Is Depressed?
- Irritability or anger
- Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Social withdrawal
- Increased sensitivity to rejection
- Changes in appetite — either increased or decreased
- Changes in sleep — sleeplessness or excessive sleep
- Vocal outbursts or crying
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fatigue and low energy
- Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches) that don’t respond to treatment
- Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Impaired thinking or concentration
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Ill post them one per post so it doesnt get confusing.