Management of Changes in Mood Aggression and other Mood Changes

By Jennifer Lewis Ph.D

1. Analyze the situation:

What time did the aggression occur?

Where did it occur?

What was happening around the aggressor at the time?

What was the victim doing prior to the incident?

Describe the aggressive behavior

What was the response of the caregiver to the aggressor?

2. Engage the following interventions:

Increase orienting cues, build familiarization and consistency

Use night lights

Encourage sleep at night

Reduce elements of frustration

Consider time out

3. Behaviors to avoid:


Raises voices

Physical contact


Showing fear


4. Management techniques:

Stay calm

Respect patient's personal space

Encourage patient to talk


Provide alternative to behavior


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