Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

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  • Severe temper outbursts 3+ times per week
  • Angry, sad, irritable mood almost daily
  • Age of at least 6 years - beginning before age 10
  • Trouble functioning in more than one place
  • Symptoms present for at least a year

Information obtained from American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

This disorder was new to the DSM-5 in 2013. It was created to replace the the diagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder. The defining characteristics include a chronic, severe, and persistent display of irritability. As the DSM-5 Fact Sheet indicates, "Far beyond temper tantrums, DMDD is characterized by severe and recurrent temper tantrums that are out of proportion in intensity or duration to the situation."
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Evaluations / What to Do

According to World of Psychology some of the symptoms associated with DMDD are present in other child psychiatric disorders. These may include depression, bipolar disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. Many children may have a second disorder such as issues with anxiety of attention. This is why it is very important to obtain a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified and trained mental health professional.

The treatment will be individualized to the needs of the particular child and their family. It may include therapy on an individual basis, working directly with the child's family and or school, and may include the use of medication.

Parents should research DMDD and learn as much as they can about the disorder. Involving themselves with parental support groups and networking activities.

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