Disruptive Mood Dysregulation

Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder is a chronic, severe and persistent irritability among youth (Hart, 2014). This disorder has branched off what is known to be bipolar disorder. Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder was added to the DSM-5 for the sole purpose of helping address challenges and disagreements when diagnosing bipolar disorder in the youth (Hart, 2014). It is classified as a depressive disorder that has severe reoccurring temper tantrum outbursts that can be verbal or behaviorally out of control in intensity or duration to the situation (Hart, 2014).

In order for a child to be diagnosed with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder they must be between the ages of six and ten years old when the symptoms occur (Hart, 2014). This allows the clinician to go over all of the symptoms and make sure that there isn't something else wrong with the child before they diagnose them with this disorder. The whole point is to not over diagnose children with this disorder and to make sure that certain things are actually present in their behavior.

Some pros with assessing and diagnosing children with this disorder are it helps to give more insight and clarification, as well as specifying what it actually is (Hart, 2015). This diagnosis helps to maintain giving this diagnosis to a child and helps to also make sure their symptoms are not over looked or under diagnosed in anyway. No one wants to give a child medication, unless it is absolutely needed. They also don't want to diagnose them with this and it not really be what they have, but stays on their medical records. By paving the way for this new diagnosis it helps to narrow down the symptoms for a child instead of trying to go through a long list of things that clinicians have to when diagnosing a client with bipolar.

The cons for assessing and diagnosing children with this new diagnosis make a couple of valid points. There doesn't seem to be much confidence in the reliability of this new disorder, based on field trials (Hart, 2014). Research has also shown that depending on who the child sees they might receive different diagnoses or increases in diagnoses or increases in diagnoses that cause more children to be medicated (Hart, 2014).

Hart, S. R. (2014, September). Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Communique, 43(1), 1+. http://bakerezproxy.palnet.info/

Hart, S. R. (2015, June). Bipolar and related disorders. Communique, 43(8), 12+. http://bakerezproxy.palnet.info/