and irritability are a regular and
normal part of growing up, excessive irritability and moodiness that
interferes with the activities of daily life such as family life and
school are signs of other difficulties that warrant
tantrums go on and on, foul words are
the norm, and violence or near violence contaminates a home, this may
be something other than just the "bad kid"
syndrome; this may be signs
of a current or building mood disorder. Often, parents have
reported that when their child became angry they could not be
comforted, they would cry for hours and then act as if nothing had
happened. This sudden switch could happen not just once, but
several times during the day.
children are frequently misdiagnosed
with Attention Deficit Disorder by a Family Practice Doctor or
Pediatrician, further comprehensive evaluation taking into account the
genetic history of the family can often clarify the diagnosis and lead
to the correct treatment.
temperamental children are also often very
particular about how things are supposed to be, and feel that most of
how they are treated is "not
fair". These children, if caught
early and treated properly, seem to benefit the most. Mood
stabilizers and other new approaches have opened up this area to
enhanced treatment and better responses than ever before.
moody children may be depressed and
children often do not demonstrate the features and symptoms associated
with older depressed individuals.
If you have
concerns about your child, you, the
parent, often know best. If you recognize these symptoms in
child, bring them to a health care professional qualified
to diagnose and treat children with behavioral disorders.