Fostering Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the Classroom provides educators with a thorough, readable guide to some of the most common mental health issues and symptomatology that they are likely to confront in their daily work with students. Few teachers are specifically taught what behaviors by students may potentially result in severely reduced functioning or risk of harm to self or others. Many teachers today receive a trial by fire when confronted with mental health crises. This text will assist educators in recognizing symptoms of crisis and provides them tools that will help them take the proper steps toward addressing the mental health issues of their students.

Mood Disorders: Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder

Mood Disorders: Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder

Mood disorders: Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder
Amy C.TraylorM. ElizabethVonk

Prereading Questions

As you read this chapter, reflect on the following questions and issues:

  • What is the difference between a student who is experiencing “normal” mood swings and one who is suffering from a mood disorder? What warning signs, if any, should you look for and when might immediate action be warranted?
  • What do you feel are personal strengths and weaknesses that might affect your ability to assist a student with a mood disorder?
  • There are many state and district policies and procedures aimed at teacher and school responsibilities regarding the report and treatment of students displaying symptoms of illnesses such as mood disorders. Are ...
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