Discussion Questions

  1. Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) is a new diagnosis in DSM 5. What factors led to its creation? What is the research that supports this diagnosis? The creation of DMDD was controversial, with some arguing that it was warranted and others arguing that it was created for political reasons. Given the evidence presented, what is your opinion?

  2. How are the symptoms of depression different in children than in adults? Should depression be diagnosed using different criteria in children? Why or why not?

  3. Given the discussion in your text of the efficacy of medication alone to treat depression, medication, and cognitive behavioral therapy together, and cognitive behavioral therapy alone, what would you recommend for the family of an adolescent with moderate depression? Severe depression? A child instead of an adolescent? Why?

  4. About 500 children younger than 14 die from suicide each year and even more report suicidal ideation or thoughts about death. Because it is so rare, it can be difficult to identify who is likely to carry out an attempt before it happens. Most of the programs that are described in the text target adolescents. What should be done to help prevent suicide in younger adolescents and children?