Severe Irritability in Children Not a Precurser to Bipolar Disorder

Guest Post by Brenda Patoine

Ever witnessed an all-out temper tantrum from a nap-deprived three-year-old? Now imagine living with that kind of emotional outburst day in and day out for years. This is what it’s like for parents of children with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), a newly recognized psychiatric syndrome that typically begins before age ten.

child temper tantrum

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DMDD is among the “new” mental health disorders described in the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), used by mental health professionals to diagnose and treat mental illness.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on PTSD Tomorrow

To honor National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, tomorrow (June 27) at 11am (EST), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is holding a Twitter chat with Farris Tuma, Sc.D., chief of the NIMH Traumatic Stress Research Program, about the realities of PTSD. You can follow the one-hour discussion using #NIMHchats.

For more information on PTSD, look for our interview with Dana Alliance member and PTSD expert Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D., next week on this blog.

–Ann L. Whitman

Who Loves Twitter?

This past week our Twitter account, @dana_fdn, tipped over 3,000 followers. If you're one of them, thanks and we're glad you're with us! If not, why not dip a toe into the stream? Join us!

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