Mood disorders are characterized by significant shifts in mood. These disorders include Bipolar Disorder (with manic and depressive episodes) and Depression.
Bipolar Disorder is a disorder in which an individual experiences extreme, uncontrollable mood shifts between states of depression and mania. It is also known as manic-depression. Each state is called an episode, while shifts in mood are referred to as cycling.
Bipolar Disorder can manifest in many ways, including: difficulty falling or staying asleep, difficulty waking up in the morning, chronic fatigue, anxiety, low self-esteem, high irritability and risky or destructive behaviors.
Depression is a disorder in which the individual experiences prolonged periods of a depressed mood or loss of interest/pleasure in nearly all activities. In children and adolescents, their mood may be irritable rather than sad. Other symptoms of depression may include: changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, low energy, difficulty thinking or concentrating, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.
In a school setting:
Students may be so overwhelmed by their moods that they are unable to come to school. Or, parents may experience intense battles of will when it is time to go to school that it may just be easier to keep the child at home.
Sensory Issues: Students may feel that there is too much noise or other sensory stimulation in the classroom, and this may cause a behavioral response.
Social issues: Students may have trouble interpreting social cues, or may experience periods of isolating behaviors because they feel like they don’t “fit in.”
Oppositional Behaviors: Students may refuse to follow directions, and become argumentative or aggressive.
Newmark offers a comprehensive academic and counseling program to accommodate the needs of behaviorally challenged students. Our staff is highly trained and qualified to ensure academic success and social/emotional well-being.