Chapter 2

Treatment of Irritability and Other Mood Regulation Problems

Abstract

There are many reasons why a child is irritable or has mood regulation problems. To be most effective in treating these problems, it is important to understand the way in which emotion regulation develops in the young child. This chapter begins with an overview of different views of emotion to provide a framework for treating irritability and other disorders of mood regulation. Since a major aspect of mood regulation relates to how emotions are socialized, a developmental–structuralist framework is presented. Suggestions for treatment of different problems related to mood regulation and irritability are described along with several case examples of children at various ...

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