child mood disorders
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Dr. Mary Fristand, child psychologist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, has been studying effective treatment of mood disorders for nearly 20 years. Through an integrated approach of diet, medication and psychotherapy, she has seen great progress in understanding how to effectively treat biological brain disorders. With little research on holistic treatment of child mood disorders, Dr. Fristand began a series of studies to validate a therapeutic model aimed for both children and their families.

We were treating kids with effective medications, but their families did not have the coping strategies needed to deal with the child’s mood disorder symptoms. Without a supportive environment, you can’t expect any pharmacologic or dietary interventions to succeed. – Dr. Mary Fristad

Fristand developed Psychoeducational Psychotherapy, or PEP, which teaches parents and children with mood disorders how to:

  • Manage symptoms
  • Regulate emotions
  • Seek help from the mental health system
  • Improve communication skills

Her research showed how a family’s involvement in a child’s treatment greatly increases the rate of success. Going further, a current study led by Fristad will incorporate psychotherapy with a mix of omega-3 fatty acid supplements as a treatment for depression and bipolar disorder in children. In addition to having very few side effects, omega-3s are thought to decrease depression. Though the study is still underway, you can read more here.

A holistic approach to treating child mood disorders

blueFire Wilderness Therapy understands that though there are effective medications to treat child mood disorders, changes might be futile without a change in thinking and environment. We also know that while therapy is crucial to any treatment, the best results come with a change in daily living. A healthy diet, consistent sleep schedule, daily exercise and structured routine could mean the difference between short-term and long-term change.

Unique experience for each teen

Each client is unique in his or her behaviors, emotional reactions and path that got them here. Treatment that might work effectively for one teen will show little response from another teen. Whether your child will respond best to cognitive behavioral therapy, equine therapy, family therapy or experiential therapy, our trained staff will identify his or her needs and work on a personal treatment plan.

To learn more about a holistic approach to child mood disorders and behavioral issues, contact a staff member today at 844-413-1999.


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