Mood disorder

Mood disorder, also known as mood (affective) disorders, is a group of conditions where a disturbance in the person's mood is the main underlying feature.

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When do we speak of mood disorder?

A set of problems or a condition is considered a mood disorder when:

  • a person has been in an extraordinarily dark or melancholic mood for more than two weeks and/or no longer enjoys anything in life;
  • the person, additionally, has several (other) problems such as sleep disorders, reduced appetite, low energy levels, fatigue, concentration problems, indecision, dullness or inertia, physical unrest, sense of guilt, thoughts about death or suicide;
  • a person has problems that hinder daily activities and suffers psychological distress.

Not all mood disorders are the same. They may vary from mild to severe. Someone with a mild mood disorder will only have a few symptoms. Someone with a severe mood disorder will have nearly all the known symptoms. The degree of suffering and distress is related to the extent to which these symptoms are present, dominate life and disrupt regular daily activities and routines.

The treatment of mood disorders

Mood disorders with teenagers and young adults can often successfully be treated. In the majority of cases, treatment of a mood disorder will have a beneficial effect. By giving the teenager or young adult a lot of personal attention, by understanding his or her feelings and by communicating the positive sides of life, we can soon help these young people experience change. Yes We Can Clinics aims to reduce any medication that the the teenager or young adult already receives to zero or as little as possible during the treatment.

Need help with teenagers or young adults suffering from mood disorders?

Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teenagers and young adults struggling with mood disorders. Interested to learn more about Yes We Can Youth Clinics and our intake procedure? Please send us an e-mail using our contact form or call us at +31 (0)85 02 01 222.

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Why it works

For young people aged 13-25, Yes We Can Youth Clinics offers 10 weeks intensive residential treatment. During the treatment there is also 4 days of family coaching & counselling for parents/carers. Upon completion, an extensive tailor-made aftercare programme will be devised, in collaboration with our partners all over the world.

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