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a teen participates in disruptive mood dysregulation disorder treatment Acting out is such a normal part of adolescence it can be difficult to recognize when something is actually wrong. Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) is a behavioral health condition that many families may be glossing over instead of getting the help they need. Family First offers disruptive mood dysregulation disorder treatment in South Florida.  

Since 2014, families have trusted our team of behavioral health professionals when their teens act out, isolate, or otherwise struggle with their mental health. Our staff-to-client ratio at our safe campus ensures each teen gets the help they need when they need it. Call 888.904.5947 to find help for your teen in our adolescent mental health treatment programs.  

Understanding Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder in Teens 

Children get in bad moods just like adults. When these bad moods and periods of acting out escalate regularly, though, they may be signs of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Other signs of DMDD include: 

  • Severe outburst at least three times per week 
  • Outbursts happening for at least a year 
  • Chronic irritability  
  • Disruptions in school, at home, or in public due to a temper 

DMDD is often diagnosed earlier in childhood, between the ages of 6-10. However, when left unmanaged, long-term consequences include depression and anxiety.  

What Happens When DMDD Is Left Untreated? 

If left untreated, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder can significantly impact a teenager’s daily life and overall well-being. It can lead to difficulties in school, relationships with family and peers, and overall functioning.  

You might notice your teen acting out in troubling ways, like skipping school, getting into fights, or engaging in risky behaviors. These behaviors can also lead to legal troubles and other consequences that can negatively impact their future. They might even use drugs or alcohol or turn to excessive gaming to try and cope with their intense feelings.  

It’s important to remember that your teen may not be able to communicate their feelings effectively or even want to talk about them. A supportive, non-judgmental environment with professional help is crucial for helping them manage their disruptive moods.  

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Treatment at Family First 

Adolescence brings on a lot of change and pressure, especially for today’s teens. Our approach considers their well-being as well as their future success. We also work directly with parents during the treatment process to build a healthier, more compassionate home environment.  

Support for Teens 

We know that substance use, lashing out, excessive screen time, and isolation aren’t usually the root problems teens struggle with. Our team works closely with each teen, helping them explore and address underlying issues that contribute to their behaviors. Evidence-based therapy, new experiences, education, and communication techniques help teens learn positive coping strategies and build self-esteem and confidence.  

Help for Families 

At Family First, we understand the challenges families face when a teen is struggling with DMDD. Our team provides education, resources, and support for parents to help them better understand their teen’s behavior and how to effectively support their recovery. We also offer family therapy sessions so everyone can work together toward healing and growth.  

Call Family First for Teen DMDD Treatment in Florida 

It’s never easy to watch your child struggle with a behavioral health challenge like DMDD. At Family First, we are dedicated to providing effective and compassionate disruptive mood dysregulation treatment for teen boys aged 13-18 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  

Don’t wait for your teen’s disruptive mood dysregulation disorder to escalate. Our team at Family First is here to help. Call 888.904.5947 or contact us online to speak with one of our admissions specialists today.