DMDD: Risk For Other Disorders

The diagnostic criteria for disruptive mood dysregulation disorder are meant to separate children who have chronic trouble regulating their moods from children who have different mental health disorders that may also lead to intermittent outbursts, irritability and anger, including bipolar disorder, autism, intermittent explosive disorder, or oppositional defiant disorder.

But DMDD can occur alongside ADHD, major depressive disorder, conduct disorder, an anxiety disorder, or substance use disorder. In particular, children diagnosed with DMDD are at elevated risk for depression and anxiety as adults.