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Doctors Debate New ‘Tantrum’ Disorder Diagnosis

Posted by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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A new diagnosis that would give the name “disruptive mood dysregulation disorder,” or DMDD, to severe and recurrent temper tantrums is the source of hot debate in the medical community in the wake of the announcement Monday of a number of changes to the manual psychiatrists use to diagnose mental health issues. The announcement also revealed the American Psychiatric Association’s decision to drop “Asperger’s disorder” as a diagnosis distinct from “autism spectrum disorder.”

The debate over DMDD relates to doctors’ concerns that it may be over-diagnosed in children who simply have a harder time learning to regulate their emotions. More from MyHealthNewsDaily:

“Although detailed criteria for the diagnosis have not been released, an APA statement said the condition could apply to “children who exhibit persistent irritability and frequent episodes of behavior outbursts three or more times a week for more than a year.” The addition is intended in part to reduce the number of kids misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder, who may be treated with powerful drugs.

But some experts say the new condition was added to the manual too soon.

“I think it’s premature to put it in as a full diagnosis,” said Dr. David Axelson, an associate professor of psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, referring the condition’s inclusion in the front of the manual with other well-accepted diagnoses, rather than in the appendix, which includes provisional diagnoses requiring further research.

Some are concerned that a label of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder would turn normal kid behavior into a medical condition.

But Axelson said the diagnosis requires severe and frequent behavior problems, and if properly applied, kids without a true mental condition would be unlikely to be diagnosed. In addition to frequent outbursts for more than a year, children need to be at least 6, but younger than teenagers, to be given the diagnosis, according to early versions of the criteria.

However, parents might overestimate how often their child behaves badly, because they focus on recent outbursts, and inaccurately reporting behavior to a mental health professional may lead to mislabeling, Axelson said.”

by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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RLT2
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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Sigh

singlemom1208
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

 My son has more than 3 outbursts in a week!! FFS!!!!

AlohaTink
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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How is that different from ODD?
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deadlights86
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I think my ds has that I've never heard of it before but tantrums are his main problem.


beadingmom17
by Rachel on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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Oh, good Lord...
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Paperfishies
by Platinum Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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I know a few adults who seem to have this.
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Fields456
by Sexy and I know it on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Me too!!!!


Quoting Paperfishies:

I know a few adults who seem to have this.

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Presley77
by Member on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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Exactly does this apply to grown ups too?!


Quoting Fields456:

Me too!!!!




Quoting Paperfishies:

I know a few adults who seem to have this.


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emptynesst
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM
No words!
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Ngelulu
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM
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This is just another way for pharmaceuticals to take your money! Smh
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