Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) is a pediatric mood disorder characterized by severe recurrent temper outbursts manifested verbally (e.g., verbal rages) and/or behaviorally (e.g., physical aggression toward people or property) that are grossly out of proportion in intensity or duration to the situation or provocation.
These outbursts occur, on average, three or more times per week and the mood between temper outbursts is persistently irritable or angry most of the day, nearly every day. The symptoms must be present for 12 months before a diagnosis can be made, and diagnosis should not be made before age 6 or after age 18.
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A DMDD diagnosis is typically given by a licensed psychiatrist and should be confirmed only after the child has undergone a complete assessment to rule out other underlying conditions that could be causing similar symptoms - e.g. learning disabilities, neurological disorders, autism, etc . If you believe your child may have DMDD, please consult with a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in pediatric mood disorders. Here are some things to consider when choosing a psychiatrist.
For more information about DMDD, click on the following links from leading psychiatric institutions and mental health support groups: