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 are afflicted with other mental disorders that may also express themselves in 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.