DMDD: What to Look For

Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder is characterized by temper outbursts that are frequent, severe, inconsistent with the situation at hand, and inconsistent with a child’s developmental level. But key to the disorder is not just the pattern of a child’s outbursts, but his mood between outbursts. If he is persistently irritable or angry, that is a sign that he may have DMDD. This irritable or angry mood should be observable by parents, teachers and peers. That is, strained interactions only between a child and his parents, or the child and his teacher, are not a sign of DMDD.