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How common are mood disorders in children?

All children become cranky and irritable at times, but children who suddenly experience intense moodiness that lasts for several days or who seem chronically irritable and angry should be evaluated.

Mood disorders are serious illnesses characterized by extreme emotional states that can cause severe behavioral problems, poor school performance and difficulties with relationships. While most children experience occasional moodiness, mood disorders are rare in children, affecting fewer than 4% between the ages of 8 and 15.

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