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Leaving melancholia: disruptive mood dysregulation disorder

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Abstract


  • This chapter outlines the importance of critically reflecting on the diagnos-

    tic criteria for DMDD now included in

    DSM-5.

    In so doing, it mounts the

    argument that DMDD is a new and problematic inclusion to the ‘Depressive

    Disorders’ in an extremely influential manual of psychiatric disorders. Sig-

    nificantly, the inclusion of this new ‘disruptive’ and ‘energetic’ disorder as a

    form of ‘depression’ has yet to meet with substantive critique. DMDD crite-

    ria include ‘tantrums’, a point that has been hotly debated. For instance, as

    Wakefield (2013) pointed out, ‘Children tend to outgrow these temper tantrum

    problems, so treatment and stigma may be applied unnecessarily to large num-

    bers of children’ (2013, p. 150). It is unknown how this new child disorder

    will impact, positively or negatively or even if it will afford the clarity that it

    is hoped to deliver. As Gitlin and Miklowitz (2014) concluded, ‘whether this

    new category will advance diagnostic clarity and/or more appropriate treat-

    ment is unknown’ (2014, p. 89). The chapter demonstrates how historically

    informed analysis can be drawn upon to reflect on how interpretations and

    representations of melancholia and depression are very much connected to the

    political, the discursive, and, in the 21st century, to the authors of one manual

    of mental disorders. For a simple summary of the implications for practice, see

    Table 10.1.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Harwood, V. (2015). Leaving melancholia: disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. In M. O'Reilly & J. Nina. Lester (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies (pp. 175-193). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781137428301

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  • 2-s2.0-84967566357

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3151&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2152

Book Title


  • The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 175

End Page


  • 193

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This chapter outlines the importance of critically reflecting on the diagnos-

    tic criteria for DMDD now included in

    DSM-5.

    In so doing, it mounts the

    argument that DMDD is a new and problematic inclusion to the ‘Depressive

    Disorders’ in an extremely influential manual of psychiatric disorders. Sig-

    nificantly, the inclusion of this new ‘disruptive’ and ‘energetic’ disorder as a

    form of ‘depression’ has yet to meet with substantive critique. DMDD crite-

    ria include ‘tantrums’, a point that has been hotly debated. For instance, as

    Wakefield (2013) pointed out, ‘Children tend to outgrow these temper tantrum

    problems, so treatment and stigma may be applied unnecessarily to large num-

    bers of children’ (2013, p. 150). It is unknown how this new child disorder

    will impact, positively or negatively or even if it will afford the clarity that it

    is hoped to deliver. As Gitlin and Miklowitz (2014) concluded, ‘whether this

    new category will advance diagnostic clarity and/or more appropriate treat-

    ment is unknown’ (2014, p. 89). The chapter demonstrates how historically

    informed analysis can be drawn upon to reflect on how interpretations and

    representations of melancholia and depression are very much connected to the

    political, the discursive, and, in the 21st century, to the authors of one manual

    of mental disorders. For a simple summary of the implications for practice, see

    Table 10.1.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Harwood, V. (2015). Leaving melancholia: disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. In M. O'Reilly & J. Nina. Lester (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies (pp. 175-193). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781137428301

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84967566357

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3151&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2152

Book Title


  • The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 175

End Page


  • 193

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom