When No Diagnosis "Fits": Diagnostically Homeless and Emotionally Dysregulated Children and Adolescents

Deborah M Weisbrot, Gabrielle A Carlson
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America 2021, 30 (2): 445-457
Clinical experience supports the concept of children with severe disturbances in most areas of functioning, with psychiatric symptom onset before age 6. They are emotionally dysregulated and extremely anxious and have developmental difficulties. Given the absence of an appropriate diagnostic category, it is best to consider clinical phenomenology and then categorize each dysfunction domain (mood/anxiety problems, possible psychosis, language impairment/thought disorder, and relationship/social problems).

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