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Helpful Information for DMDD Families

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First Steps for Parents

A Guide for Parents and Caregivers with DMDD children. 


The Taxi Model

The Taxi Model is a way to simplify complex brain functions by relating them to well-known mechanisms in a common taxicab.

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The Brain Model

Bottom-up Brain Issues: Too much emotion. The temporal-limbic system is the primary source of emotions; abnormal activity in this brain region may cause explosive outbursts.

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Titration Guidelines

These are some suggested guidelines to discuss with your doctor that in our experience, increase the likelihood of a successful and smoother titration process when treating DMDD.


Guide to Organic Syndromes

A brief discussion of the frontal lobe, temporal lobe, right hemisphere, and left hemisphere syndromes.

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Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Developing Treatment Strategies


Maintenance Tips and Tricks

From our experience as parents, tweaking medications is what makes brain-based treatment a success.

These guidelines are what we’ve collectively learned either from our doctor or from our own research and observation.

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Labs & Metabolism 

Children are not small adults. They often respond to drugs and other therapeutics differently than adults do.

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Antipsychotic Use & Tic Development 

Often the choice to use antipsychotic medication is driven by the parents’ primary concerns: Is it anxiety, or is it rage? 

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