Assessment & Treatment of

Mood Disorders in Children & Adolescents

Melissa Young

Medaille College

PSY 771

Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fifth Edition

In DSM-5 mood disorders include bipolar and related disorders, as well as, depressive disorders. Under the umbrella of depressive disorders, DSM-5 now includes disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, which allows clinicians to diagnose children and/or adolescents with the impairing symptoms that are associated with bipolar disorder.

Multi-Method Assessment

(1) Base Rate

(2) Family History

(3) Differential Diagnosis

(3) Diagnostic Interviews

  • Schedule for Affective Disorders & Schizophrenia for School Aged Children (K-SADS-PL)
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Assessment (CAPA)
  • Children's Interview for Psychiatric Symptoms (chIPS)
  • Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children - Fourth Edition (DISC-IV)
  • MINI-International Neuropsychiatric Interview for Children and Adolescents (MINI-KID)

(5) Questionnaires (GBI; CSI-4; MDQ; CMRS; CBQ; CBCL; CBCL-MS; CBCL-DP)

  • General Behavior Inventory (GBI)
  • Child Symptom Inventory - Fourth Edition (CSI-4)
  • Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ)
  • Child Mania Rating Scale (CMRS)
  • Child Bipolar Questionnaire (CBQ)
  • Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL)
  • Child Behavior Checklist - Mania Rating Scale (CBCL-MS)
  • Child Behavior Checklist - Dysregulation Profile (CBCL-DP)

(6) Severity

  • Children's Depression Rating Scale - Revised (CDRS-R)
  • Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS)
  • Global Assessment of Functioning (CGAS)
  • Clinician Global Impression Severity Scale for Bipolar Disorder (CGI-BP)

(7) Quality of Life (KINDL)

(8) Outcome

  • Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL)
  • General Behavior Inventory (GBI)
  • Child Mania Rating Scale (CMRS)
  • Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS)
  • Children's Depression Rating Scale - Revised (CDRS-R)

Psychosocial Treatments

  • Family Focused Treatment for Adolescents with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders (FFT-A)
  • Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (MP-PEP)
  • Child & Family-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (RAINBOW PROGRAM)
  • Child & Family-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CCF-CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)