New Mental Health Diagnosis in DSM
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|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?