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164: Behavioral Regulation and Mood Therapy

Join us in today’s episode as we explore the nuances of behavioral regulation, delve into mood therapy, and discover strategies for navigating emotional challenges in our fast-paced world.
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In the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced world, many individuals continue to struggle managing and processing their emotions and controlling their responses. The struggle to maintain effective self-regulation in the face of these challenges highlights the importance of developing and honing this skill.

For today’s episode, we will talk about the intricacies of behavioral regulation and mood therapy. It's a deep dive into understanding why we sometimes find ourselves in emotional turbulences and how effective mood therapy strategies can serve as a compass for navigating through them.

Emotional dysregulation and strategies for kids with behavioral issues.

Emotional dysregulation is when you find yourself reacting strongly to things that shouldn't trigger such intense responses. It could be due to factors like having an under or overstimulated brain. Clinical issues like ADHD, rejection-sensitive dysphoria, pathological demand avoidance, autism, learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression can also play a role. Sometimes it's just the result of a compounded stressful life that activates the nervous system, or it could be a natural part of development.

Amidst our daily stress, many of us live with discomfort like gastrointestinal distress, chest pain, or weak knees. These signals are our window into stressors. By connecting with these sensations, we can regulate and calm our bodies.

If you find yourself frequently dysregulated, it's like your body is constantly in a sympathetic dominant state. The trick is to regularly calm the nervous system so it learns to shift back into a parasympathetic state, that relaxed “hot tub” mode. Check out our helpful resources at For those looking for specific tools, there are Parent Kits for various needs at

Regulating children's nervous systems.

Many kids dealing with behavioral and mood issues often reach a point where everything seems to irritate them. This can be a result of sensory issues, leading to internalization, avoidance, or externalization with aggressive behaviors.

For parents, understanding a child with mood issues can be confusing, especially when there's an underlying problem like anxiety, autism, or sensory processing disorder. Understanding this complexity helps parents provide better support tailored to their child's unique needs, creating a more understanding and caring environment for their well-being.

Recognizing discomfort and taking action, whether understanding the why or not, is crucial. Strategies like breathwork, magnesium intake, yoga, or using tools like Calm PEMF can help regulate the nervous system.

For more information, you may read the following blog posts:

●      5 Surprising Ways Magnesium Helps ADHD Anxiety OCD and Depression

●      Dysregulate Kids

●      Clinical Guide Mood and Behavior

●      Angry Kid Tamping Down Moodiness and Anger

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