Hamartoma Behavioral Disorders
Children born with Hypothalamic Hamartoma (HH), a malformation in the brain, may endure bouts of emotional and behavioral problems. These children will show signs of a “temper tantrum,” such as hitting, kicking, biting, etc.
What distinguishes an HH-induced outburst is the child’s trance-like state. Often he or she will feel out-of-control and guilty for the outburst. Other children will have no memory of the episode after it ends and may feel extremely tired.
Associated behavioral disorders may include:
- Oppositional-defiant disorder
- Attention deficit behavior
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Asperger's disorder
- Paranoid disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Treating this outcome of HH might involve managing the symptoms with hormone suppression therapy or other medications.