Emotional Intelligence Training

Childhood Oppositional Defiance and Rage: Diagnosis & Treatment for Severe Mood Regulation

Presentation Summary

Effective treatment for Childhood Oppositional Defiance, rage, and other forms of severe mood dysregulation requires a neuro-empathetic and developmentally sensitive exploration of the etiology of the symptoms. ODD and other diagnoses of mood dysregulation can be the manifestation of one’s response to interpersonal trauma, low grade trauma, sometimes called “psychological insults,” or other attachment injuries (McCullough, 2019). Insight from gold standard attachment assessments, emotional intelligence dynamics, and a working knowledge of psychopharmacology can provide an explanatory model for the skilled therapist to navigate treatment with confidence.

Childhood Oppositional Defiance and Rage

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“The emotionally intelligent person is skilled in four areas: identifying emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, and regulating emotions.”

John Mayer and Peter Salovey