Questions for Caregivers of Children/Teens with Mood Disorders

 

DBSA wants to hear from parents and other caregivers about how mood disorders affect children and teens.  We want to know more about your experience with finding help and about what you or your child found useful (or not useful).  We’ll use your answers (along with the other answers we receive) to develop new programs and to advise researchers about what kind of research they should be doing. Your answers are completely confidential.

 
Question - Not Required - It was fairly easy to find treatment providers who understood my child's diagnosis.





 
Question - Not Required - The time between when my child exhibited mood symptoms and when my child received a diagnosis was brief (e.g., less than six months).





 
Question - Not Required - My child's prescriber spends adequate time explaining risks and benefits of medication options with me.





 
Question - Not Required - My child's therapist has been able to help my child and our family cope with the mood symptoms.





 
Question - Not Required - My child's school has provided adequate support for my child's academic and social-emotional needs.





 
Question - Not Required - I have adequate access to respite.





 
Question - Not Required - My extended family is supportive of my child and the struggles we have had managing symptoms.





 
Question - Not Required - I have been able to access information (e.g., books, websites) about my child's mood disorder that have helped me cope with my child's symptoms.





 
Question - Not Required - I feel comfortable sharing my child's diagnosis with close friends and family.





 
Question - Not Required - I am interested in complementary and alternative treatments (CATs) for my son or daughter with a mood disorder.





 

 

 

 

If you are thinking about your child taking some new medication, how important are each of these sources of information:

 
Question - Not Required - Your doctor




 
Question - Not Required - Medical websites




 
Question - Not Required - Online support groups




 
Question - Not Required - In-person support groups




 
Question - Not Required - Other peers (outside of support groups)




 

 
Question - Not Required - When your child tries some new medication, about how long does it usually take you to know if it will be helpful?





 
Question - Not Required - When your child tries some new medication, about how long does it usually take you to know if it will cause too many side effects?





 

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