We are an international coalition of families and advocates who have been impacted by the brain disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD). Joined by medical providers and community members, we have witnessed the transformative effects of a brain-based treatment that targets the root cause of DMDD. We are a licensed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States.
The folks in our group come from various locations, including the United States, Australia, Canada, Israel, and beyond. We have spent years exploring different medical and alternative treatment options for our children who suffer from mental illness. Despite trying numerous approaches, such as medication trials (including antipsychotic drugs), hospitalization, and therapy, we struggled to find an effective treatment. However, after extensive research, we worked with our local providers to implement a treatment plan that has resulted in life-changing transformations in our children. This treatment focuses on addressing the underlying cause of DMDD in the brain, rather than just managing symptoms.
Motivated by a sense of moral obligation, the parents and advocates in our coalition have come together to share this game-changing treatment in order to prevent others from experiencing the devastating effects of severe mental illness. We have found a pathway to healing that has not only improved the well-being of our children but also benefited our marriages and families. We believe that this hope should be available to all.
While this treatment is not a perfect solution and requires ongoing monitoring for side effects and adjustments as children grow, we have created resources on our website, such as tips and tricks, to guide individuals on this journey. It is important to set realistic treatment goals and remain aware of your child's overall physical and mental health, as with any medication regimen.
New Diagnosis, No Standard of Care
In 2013, the medical community introduced a new diagnostic code called Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) in the DSM-5. This childhood disorder is characterized by chronic irritability, anger, and intense temper outbursts. Symptoms are observed in multiple environments and typically begin before the age of 10.
For many years, children and adolescents with severe neurobehavioral symptoms were either misdiagnosed with pediatric bipolar disorder or deemed untreatable by medical pro. These children were often prescribed incorrect medications, providing false hope for families. Without the proper diagnosis and effective treatment, these children faced debilitating mental illness, causing constant crisis within their families. Some required hospitalization or residential treatment.
Due to the novelty of this diagnosis, standardized research and protocols are still underdeveloped. There is a significant need for greater understanding of this neurological disorder with psychological and behavioral symptoms. Despite these challenges, many families have found stability through a brain-based treatment that has shown remarkable results for children with DMDD.
Working Towards a Better Future
As parents who have navigated the mental health system for years, we understand the struggle of finding effective treatment for our suffering children. We are committed to ensuring that all children and adolescents with severe neurobehavioral symptoms have access to the same level of care.
Our mission is to transform the lives of children and adolescents with DMDD by providing support to families, schools, and medical providers through the sharing of brain-based treatments and a care philosophy that promotes successful outcomes.
Our vision is a world where the standard of care for all children with DMDD addresses the root cause of their symptoms.
We believe in the importance of science, research, and innovation. Every child deserves the opportunity to live a healthy life without mental torment. Collaboration between specialists in neurology and psychiatry can greatly benefit patients.
We firmly believe that no child should ever be given up on, and life-saving treatment should be accessible to all in need. Once providers witness the life-transforming results of the brain-based treatment, we absolutely believe it should, and will, become the standard of care.