Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder Treatments for Children

How Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder Affects Children

The development of the brain is critical in a child’s first ten years of life, and when a child has a psychiatric disorder they may have difficulties learning in school and with socialization, which are both important aspects of life for a child to grow and mature.

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder is an illness that will negatively impact a child’s life until treatment is received. A child with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder will be sad or irritable every day, and will have a difficult time in social situations as well as a difficult time concentrating in school and at home.

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder will cause a child to become highly agitated with trivial matters and will cause a child to have frequent temper tantrums several times a week. Although temper tantrums are natural to occur with children, a child that has Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder will have them consistently, at least three times a week, for a year or more.

With the constant changes in mood and the uncontrollable anger or sadness the child regularly is feeling, they will have a hard time maintaining a healthy life in their environments, which is why receiving treatment for the disorder is of the utmost importance.

Types of Treatment

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DMDD causes children to have frequent temper tantrums and get agitated easily.

Before any type of treatment is administered it is extremely important that a child receives an in depth evaluation by a mental health care professional. Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder has many symptoms that are similar to other child psychiatric disorders such as, depression and bipolar disorder, and because of this, a child needs to be diagnosed by a licensed mental health care professional before getting treatment.

There is not one type of treatment that is best for Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and every child will require different needs to be met. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, treatment for Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder will be individualized to the needs of the child and their family. Treatment typically includes therapy and medication to address specific symptoms as well as work with the child’s family and school.

There is not one pill that helps with the disorder but there is medication that can help with the symptoms from the disorder such as depression, and mood swings. Behavioral therapy at school or at home with a therapist is also a successful way to help a child with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. A parent and mental health care professional should discuss the best options for the child and should examine all possibilities before any treatment is given.


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