The Long Battle to Rethink Mental Illness in Children
by Susan Resko, The Balanced Mind Foundation Executive Director
Please be sure to read an important article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today entitled, "The Long Battle to Rethink Mental Illness in Children" which includes quotes from The Balanced Mind Foundation families, and Executive Director Susan Resko.
The article analyzes the proposed diagnosis for children, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, or DMDD. While there is not yet a treatment protocol, The Balanced Mind Foundation believes the inclusion of the new diagnosis in the upcoming DSM-V will benefit our children in terms of increased research and attention. We have been in contact with the American Psychiatric Association workgroup for several years and you can read our position here and here. I encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments section below so I can send them back to the workgroup. The final decision on whether to include the diagnosis in the DSM-V is pending.
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The author of the article, Shirley Wang, conveys her thanks to all The Balanced Mind Foundation parents who shared their stories with her.
On behalf of our children and a brighter future,