A diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder may not be accurate to what your child is experiencing. Other conditions that can resemble mood disorders or be co-occurring are

  • adjustment disorder,
  • anxiety disorders,
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder,
  • oppositional defiant disorder, and
  • eating disorders.

Talk with your mental health professional to understand the reasoning for their diagnosis and their rationale for ruling out of other possibilities.