Although Fountainhead Clinic has closed, Brooke McNeal, N.D. is still in private practice helping children who suffer from emotional and behavioral disorders through homeopathic care. Please visit her new website for more information BrookeMcNealND.com.
Rage in children is horribly disruptive to relationships that are vital to overall development, including parent-child and teacher-student relationships. Having a child that has unpredictable outbursts of rage greatly limits the social activities the entire family is able to participate in, leading to isolation not only of the child from their peers, but of their parents as well.
Although rage is not a psychiatric diagnosis, it is a very real symptom that is present in several conditions.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Often referred to as ODD, children with oppositional defiant disorder often display patterns of anger, resentment, and vindictive behaviors. These kids will often argue with adults and purposely try to annoy people, despite the fact that they are often touchy or easily annoyed themselves.
Severe Mood Dysregulation
This is a disorder under consideration for the next iteration of the Diagnostic Statistics Manual. It is similar to bipolar disorder, exhibiting signs of irritability, inattention, mania, or outbursts that are not appropriate for their age, followed by periods of remorse or sadness. A major differentiator from classic bipolar disorder lies in the lack of well-demarcated episodes of alternating moods lasting for significant periods of time.
This may be seen as the most intense form of rage, often involving intentional physical violence against people or animals. Children with conduct disorder are often overly deceitful or dishonest, and their intense misbehaviors can be both aggressive such as intentional injury, and non-aggressive such as running away from home. These children are often referred to by their teachers as “bullies,” and have significant difficulty in social relationships.
How do you treat rage in kids naturally?
Regardless of which of the above disorders best describes your child, naturopathic medicine can help, often very quickly as children generally respond well to our treatments. Through observation and interviewing not only the children, but their caretakers and teachers as well, we uncover the nature of the rage itself, and are able to accurately prescribe a homeopathic medicine specific to their individual case. In our experience, homeopathic treatment is the fastest and most effective non-sedating treatment for rage.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that stimulates the body to heal itself, leading to sustainable improvement in overall health. This improvement is achieved with little to no side effects, and when prescribed properly, occurs quickly, giving rapid relief of symptoms. At Fountainhead clinic we feel very strongly that homeopathy is the most effective treatment and the most vital step to our success in helping someone achieve perfect health.
Do you use any other treatments?
Occasionally there are “obstacles to cure” that must be dealt with for homeopathic treatment to be its most effective. These may include nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, or stressful social relationships. Our doctors routinely assess for the many factors contributing to disruption of mental and physical health, and remove obstacles when possible, in order to continue the healing process. Supportive therapies are therefore identified and prescribed on a strictly individual basis.
How do you manage my child’s current medications?
We are happy to work with your psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician regarding current medications. For more information about medication management click here.
Abby (patient’s name has been changed) was a 5 year old when she first came to see Dr. Brooke. Her mother brought her in with concerns that she might be showing early signs of bipolar disorder, a condition that runs in her family. Abby had been having difficulty in school and her temper tantrums had become uncontrollable, causing discord in her family. She had been to see a child psychiatrist who prescribed an SSRI for her, but her mother was hoping to find natural treatments that would help her. She had tried food allergy elimination in the past, with little success.
Abby’s biggest problem at the time she began treatment was rage. She could be set into a destructive screaming fit at the slightest provocation. She would fight with her sister quite often, demanding that she wanted something and growing angry again shortly after she got it. This difficulty continued into school where she was often in trouble. At her angriest, she would yell at her mother “I just need to be held!” However, once her mother acquiesced to holding her, she began to kick her legs and butt her head against her mother’s chest. Mom shared that Abby was not always so angry, and in fact, had gone through a period where she seemed lethargic and low-spirited. Another problem was related to Abby’s great sensitivity to changes in temperature. Heat in particular, would often lead to her taking off all of her clothing the minute she felt the slightest warmth. Mom was frustrated and felt that nothing could please Abby.
Aside from her behavioral health concerns, Abby had recently been having stomachaches. She had had a full examination including diagnostic imaging, and the results were unremarkable. Her symptoms included diarrhea multiple times a day for several months. When asked about the diarrhea itself, Abby shared that it was green. Mom was surprised by this because she wasn’t being fed anything that would typically turn her stool green, and no one else in her family had been sick.
Based on her symptoms, Abby was given Chamomile 30C. At her 1-week check in, she had stopped taking off her clothes, and her temperament had greatly improved. Her diarrhea had also decreased in frequency, and was completely gone by her 1-month follow-up. Abby continued to have improved mood for the next month. Just prior to her 3-month follow up she started to have more anger and had started to have more difficulty with temperature changes again. Her diarrhea did not return. At this time she was given Chamomile 200C. One week following this prescription, Abby’s mood was once again improved and she was getting along very well with her sister and classmates. Abby’s mom has talked to the psychiatrist to begin a trial of gradually reducing the anti-depressant. With continued care, Abby should transition into her teenaged and adult years smoothly.