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How can a child's mood disorder affect the family?

One family member's mood disorder can throw the dynamics of the entire family. Siblings and parents can interpret the irritability, mood swings and sluggishness that accompany mood disorders as rudeness, lack of consideration and laziness, among other classifications. Sometimes, alliances emerge that further destabilize the family.

Once a doctor diagnoses the mood disorder, parents and siblings understand the basis of the ill individual's behavior, changing their understanding of his or her motivations, comments and actions. More, once treatment with medication, counseling and lifestyle changes begin, the individual improves, further alleviating stress in the home. Families begin to function with fewer hurt feelings and resentments. They can even pull together with a common goal: coping with a treatable illness.

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