In most cases, mental illnesses, like depression or bipolar disorder, will most likely develop in teenagers and young adults. However, a childhood disorder, can in some cases, also strike children at the age of six or below. This is also known as DMDD (Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder).
This condition can make a child experience severe and persistent irritability and also frequent temper outbursts. Aside from seeking out help from a specialized child psychiatrist, you should try following these essential tips as a parent:
Adherence to Medication Schedule
You need to be on top of making sure that your child receives and takes all the prescribed medication at the appropriate prescribed times.
Doing this daily will help in decreasing the signs of the condition greatly. To help you as a reminder it can be useful to use notes, regulators, and pillboxes.
It’s also a good idea if the child needs to take any medications or supplements, to talk to the nurses or teachers of the school your child is attending when he or she is in the classroom.
Maintain a Routine
According to psychiatrists that offer treatments of child bipolar disorder, following and adhering to a routine is extremely beneficial to the child.
Things like helping the child wake up at a regular time, eating meals, exercising and putting him/her to bed at the same time every day will make a difference in the child’s condition.
You will also want to try and avoid arguments, fights and anything else that might trigger stress in the household. The child will need a peaceful environment to help ease the childhood disorder.
Talking With the Authorities of Schools
In some instances of serious cases, a child suffering from a disorder may need to have special privileges at the school they attend. For example, the need for more breaks during class time and being given less homework during the more challenging times.
If your child needs these or any other special privileges while they are at school you will need to talk to the teacher and/or principle.
Your child will need these special privileges until their condition improves or stabilizes. There may be some cases that the involved medical professionals working with your child request you to keep your child at home, don’t hesitate if that is suggested.
Most of the medications on the market that a Dr may prescribe will have side effects associated with them. This can involve high levels of blood sugar and cholesterol as well as weight gaining and many other side effects.
For each medication prescribed it is a good idea to go over possible side effects with either the Dr or the pharmacist so you know what to be on the lookout for.
If you notice that your child is not reacting well to the medications and is having negative side effects you will want to alert the Dr’s involved in your child’s healthcare immediately as changes may need to be made.
Go for Family Therapy
A child dealing with any disorder is not the only one that is suffering. The family will also be affected by the childhood disorder and this can be very disruptive to the whole family.
Dealing with a young child who has a disorder can cause stress on your marriage and could start breaking the marriage down.
If there are other children in the family, they may become resentful or jealous of all the attention their sibling is receiving. The best way to keep these issues from arising it to seek family therapy or counseling.
keeping to the above tips, adhering to a medication schedule, maintaining a routine, talking to the authorities of the child’s school, keeping a watch for side effects and family therapy will assist in allowing you to handle your child’s disorder successfully.
These tips will help to make things easier in family life as well and help to reduce a lot of the stresses of dealing with childhood disorders.
Please feel free to comment below and share any experiences you may have had with early childhood disorders.