New Mental Health Diagnosis in DSM

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New Mental Health Diagnosis in DSM
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 4:17pm

There is big news in the autism community with Aspergers being dropped from the DSM, it will fall under the broader autism umbrella now.  They are also adding in a diagnosis for children that have severe meltdowns:

A new diagnosis for severe recurrent temper tantrums — disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Critics say it will medicalize kids' who have normal tantrums. Supporters say it will address concerns about too many kids being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with powerful psychiatric drugs. Bipolar disorder involves sharp mood swings and affected children are sometimes very irritable or have explosive tantrums.

It will be interesting to see more information about this disorder when the new DSM is published, what the criteria is for diagnosis and the types of treatment recommended.  What do you think about it?

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Mon, 12-10-2012 - 6:49pm

This is about the autism diagnosis.... "DSM-V – What do the changes mean to families living with Autism?" This incredible talk is so much more than just the change in diagnosis may mean to families. I love that she says the same thing I say about bipolar, schizophrenia, etc. - In this day and age, why is it even in a "mental" category? This talks about testing, re-evaluations, and therapies.

My fear about the mood dysregulation diagnosis is it sounds like an emotional problem - like a spoiled brat type of diagnosis. But my fear is the same about the others - treatble physical/biomedical issues causing the meltdowns may be totally missed. After all, MY little girl had long meltdowns... HOURS!  But she was not spoiled and it wasn't even an emotional problem! SHE would have been diagnosed with this!!!

www. It's Not Mental .com