DMDD Walks Into DSM 5
Posted by Dr. Vollmer on October 7, 2013
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder entered DSM 5 in May, 2013. Kids that tantrum beyond some line of “normal” now have a mental disorder, which is supposed to be an improvement over calling these kids “childhood bipolar”. By my way of thinking, these kids are “higher maintenance” and they need intensive behavioral interventions in order to control their “dysregulation”. However, they do not need a mental illness label. I do not see how this diagnosis helps parents or children manage. Now, whether medication can help these children is another story. Medication may help, but that still does not mean they have a mental illness. Tylenol helps with headaches, even though the person with a headache does not have a diagnosis; they have a symptom. Once again, Psychiatry, in this case Child Psychiatry, has lost its way.