The Dysregulated Adult

Integrated Treatment Approaches


  • Georgia DeGangi, Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A.

People experiencing disorders in regulation are highly sensitive to stimulation from the environment, emotionally reactive, and have difficulty maintaining an organized and calm life style. They are impulsive, easily frustrated, and as a result make decisions that lead to an overwrought state-or who conversely retreat entirely from the world. This disorder is most likely to accompany diagnoses of bipolar or mood disorder, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, eating or sleep disorders, and/or attention deficit disorder. This book instructs therapists how best to treat the dysregulated adult, providing diagnostic checklists, and a chapter by chapter inventory in approaching treatment of dysregulation in a variety of life skills.
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Practicing clinical psychologists, therapists, and counselors


Book information

  • Published: February 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385011-9


"This book is designed for use by mental health professionals and occupational therapists who work with adults who are highly emotionally reactive, impulsive, irritable, and sensation-seeking. An opening chapter reviews how problems of self-regulation can affect work and relationships. Later chapters are devoted to mood and anxiety disorders, eating and sleep disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADD and ADHD, and developmental dyspraxia. Each of these chapters gives background on developmental and neurobiological underpinnings of the problem, presents diagnostic checklists, and discusses treatment approaches from dialectical behavior, mind-body, interpersonal, and sensory integration therapies. The book’s 20 brief appendices offer ideas, activities, visualizations, meditations, and affirmations for various conditions, written for clients."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2012

Table of Contents

I. Problems of self-regulation in adults
II. Mood disregulation: Strategies for angry, agitated, and explosive people
III. Anxiety Disorders: How to calm the anxiety cycle and build self-confidence
IV. Dealing with depression
V. Eating disorders
VI. Sleep disorders
VII. Obsessive-compulsive disorder: How to build flexibility and budge compulsive thinking
VIII. Attentional problems in adults
IX. The sensory defensive adult: when the world is too bright, noisy, and too close for comfort:
X. Addressing attachment and problems of intimacy: How to build healthy emotional connections
Skill sheets: (Appendix)