Tag Archives: Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

A Parent’s Greatest Fear

“I was afraid that I did something to cause my child’s problems.” Continue reading

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DSM-5: Emphasis on the EPISODIC nature of Bipolar Disorder in kids

During the latter decades of the 20th century, this contention by researchers that severe, nonepisodic irritability is a manifestation of pediatric mania coincided with an upsurge in the rates at which clinicians assigned the diagnosis of bipolar disorder to their pediatric patients. This sharp increase in rates appears to be attributable to clinicians combining at least two clinical presentations into a single category. That is, both classic, episodic presentations of mania and non-episodic presentations of severe irritability have been labeled as bipolar disorder in children. In DSM-5, the term bipolar disorder is explicitly reserved for episodic presentations of bipolar symptoms.
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Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)…A necessary response to the “bipolar” epidemic

Adding diagnostic criteria to the DSM-5 for DMDD is a significant plus for kids if the new guidelines help clinicians to be more thoughtful in evaluating kids with moodiness and irritability. Continue reading

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What are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens?

Jesus was into lost sheep. See Matt 18:12-14. If he saw value in pursuing the one lost sheep (the child or teen with bipolar disorder) out of a hundred maybe we should too? Continue reading

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