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Treating Mood Dysregulation In Youth

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Hillside is one of the few residential treatment centers for mood disorders in GA focusing exclusively on children, teens, and adolescents. Our staff is continually trained on the most effective treatment modalities available, so we can help relieve the symptoms of behavior issues in children and move them toward a productive and fulfilling adulthood.

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Disruptive Mood Dystregulation Disorder (DMDD) is a relatively new diagnosis used in diagnosing children and adolescents who exhibits frequent outburst, tantrums, or appears to be constantly irritable and angry. This diagnosis gives a more accurate picture of children who may have previously been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder but never truly displayed manic or hypomanic symptoms. The symptoms are DMDD is often marked with chronic irritability as well as severe and recurrent temper outburst.

Tantrums are not the sole indicator of DMDD. The angry mood between tantrums marks the potential DMDD case. The mood of a child should be noted by multiple sources to confirm objectivity. Some children display anger with their parents but are fine in school. An irritable and angry mood across different situations and environmental settings is necessary for a DMDD diagnosis.

Diagnosing DMDD

DMDD may be diagnosed in children ages 6-18. Children who suffer from DMDD exhibits chronic irritability. They have frequent outburst that may manifest verbally or through physical aggression and occurs at least three times a week on average. These symptoms must be present for at least 12 months or more without a break longer than 3 months and occur in more than one setting.

Treatment for DMDD

DMDD can be treated with a combination of medication and therapy. Since this is a newly identified disorder, it may be difficult to get a diagnosis or treatment, but Hillside is ready to help you in Atlanta, Georgia.

The treatment is individualized and generally consist of both medication management and behavioral therapy. Our treatment team consists of board certified child/adolescent psychiatrists, who will work with each client and their family to monitor appropriate medications to ensure appropriate dosage and effectiveness, and licensed therapists who will help the client and family with behavior strategies.

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