Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder-What?!

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Have you heard of the recent acceptance of the new DSM-V, set to be available in May of 2013? News source after news source has covered both the pros and cons of this new addition to society. At this point, I’m not sure there are more pros than cons.

As a therapist who has been trained using the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 4th ed, Text Revision), I am perplexed by the various changes that have taken place and I’m almost certain this is a step backward. The problem(s) I have with the DSM-V are varied, but one BIG issue I have is with the new term for kids (ages 6-18yrs old) who have 3+ temper tantrums a week:  “Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder.” The name itself sounds made-up and for me, reduces the integrity of the field and those who plan on using this label.

With the new DSM-V changes, it has become clear overtime that the DSM is nothing more than a simple political caricature of professionalism that serves nothing greater than labels. The DSM-V has become a labeling machine with little to no research to support its conclusions.

Read more about the DSM-V changes and controversies here

What is infuriating to me about this “new diagnosis” is that a child may have 3+ temper tantrums in 1 week as a result of what is going on in:

  1. the family structure (death, recent divorce, relationship changes, relocation of the family, etc.),
  2. a poor diet (lack of proper nutrition, an underlying medical condition, or poor vitamin intake), or
  3. a neurological disability that could lead to poor behavior management (migraines, epilepsy, etc.).

I feel very undermined as a professional in the field of psychiatry/psychology who has to rely on a BOOK that does not offer a wise account of behavior.

I urge every professional (new and seasoned) to approach this book with wisdom, foreknowledge, and careful inspection.