Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic PMDC

Treatment Mission

The Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with mood disorders. The clinic provides specialized training for child psychiatrists, medical students, psychiatric nurses, psychologists and social workers in the specialty of pediatric mood disorders. Our treatment team works closely with our research team in the Pediatric Brain Research And Intervention Center to provide evidence based treatments for children and their families affected by mood disorders. Cognitive behaviorally focused group and family treatment also interface with our PIRAMD research team led by Amy West, PhD, who leads a team investigating psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents with mood disorders. Our approach is to collaborate with diverse schools and families building upon family strengths as they navigate their way to health.

Multidisciplinary Team

  • Director: Child Psychiatrist: Mani Pavuluri, MD, PhD
  • Medical Director: Child Psychiatrist: Sonali Nanayakkara, MD
  • Administrative Director: Advanced Practice Nurse: Julie Carbray, PhD, FPMHNP, PMHCNS, APN
  • Clinical Child Psychologists: Amy West, PhD & Sally Weinstein, PhD
  • Child Psychiatry Fellows and Residents in General Psychiatry (MDs)
  • Psychology Interns and Externs
  • Social Work Interns
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Students
  • Medical Students

Treatment Menu

Diagnostic Evaluations: These comprehensive evaluations are completed by each of our multidisciplinary staff. We specifically serve children and adolescents with the spectrum of depression, bipolar disorders, and psychosis as it relates to mood disorders and comorbid conditions such as ADHD and anxiety as the rule than the exception.

Psychopharmacology: We provide evidence-based, step-wise management of medication to treat mania, depression, psychosis, aggression, comorbid ADHD and sleep problems in an organized systematic manner. We have researched this treatment method and gained promising outcomes from this careful approach.

Child and Family-Focused Therapy: Focused psychotherapy utilizes the following approaches to the treatment of mood disorders:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Family Psychoeducation

Rainbow Group Therapy - Bipolar Disorder: This is child- and family-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program for children and adolescents with Bipolar Spectrum. Groups run a twelve week course with booster sessions that follow completion. Group members can learn:

  • How to monitor moods
  • How to manage mood instability and irritability
  • How to manage impulses
  • How to cope with school stresses
  • How to maintain self-esteem
  • How to use creativity

Parents join the group for 3 of the sessions. Parents are invited each week for the last five minutes of group while the children "show and tell" what was covered in-group. Parents will also participate in their own group with a therapist in learning about their child's progress. Parents learn to be coaches in applying their skills in helping the children.

Teen Girls Group - Depression This is a group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program for adolescent girls ages 13-18 with primary depressive spectrum disorders. The group runs for 12 weeks and focuses on coping with symptoms of depression, including:

  • Understanding the symptoms of depression
  • How to monitor moods
  • How to identify and change negative thoughts
  • How to communicate with peers and family
  • Developing relaxation and coping skills
  • Developing effective problem solving skills

Parents join the group for 3 of the sessions. Parents are invited each week for the last five minutes of group while the children "show and tell" what was covered in-group. Parents will also participate in their own group with a therapist in learning about their child's progress. Parents learn to be coaches in applying their skills in helping the children.

School Collaboration: We work with schools in joining their IEP meetings via teleconference. We actively liaise with teachers to provide quality education while offering counseling for parents with regards to the best learning environment suited for any specific individual.

About


The Brain Center and the clinic is a part of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Program, The Colbeth Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, the Institute for Juvenile Research, and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Contact


1747 West Roosevelt Road
Suite 155, M/C 747
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 996-7723
Fax: (312) 413-0063

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