The Dysregulated Adult: Integrated Treatment Approaches

Other | March 30, 2012

byGeorgia A. DeGangi, Georgia A. Degangi

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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.



  • Informs the therapist how dysregulation relates to multiple disorders
  • Includes clinical observations and case studies
  • Gives the therapist tools and techniques for the client to understand his behavior, reframe problems in a positive way, and take responsibility for behavior change
  • Encompasses sensory integration therapy and mind-body techniques for the therapist to guide the client toward self-calming
  • Emphasis on effective relational dynamics between the client and significant persons in his or her life
  • Separate chapters on how to treat dysregulation effects on multiple behaviors, including mood regulation, behavioral control, inattention, sleep, feeding, and social interactions

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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...

Georgia DeGangi, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, is a clinical psychologist and an occupational therapist. She currently works in private practice at ITS (Integrated Therapy Services) for Children and Families, Inc., in Kensington, Maryland, and has worked at the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Children in Rockville, Maryland, as the Dire...

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Format:OtherDimensions:518 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:March 30, 2012Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0123850126

ISBN - 13:9780123850126

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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)