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Rage has a name – Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Struggling with a child who has extreme, explosive rage? Until recently, there was no official diagnosis for this challenge. Until now.

shutterstock_378404287With the recent publication of a new diagnostic manual, a new condition has now been recognized by medical experts. It’s called Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder or DMDD. Symptoms include:
– Severe, recurrent outbursts of temper
– Outbursts that are out of proportion in intensity or duration
– Outbursts that happen on average about 3-4 times a week for a year or more
– Outbursts that are more severe than those of a temperamental child (in other words, temper outburst that require medical attention)

These symptoms must begin before age 10, however you can’t be diagnosed with DMDD until age 6 or after age 18.

There are two other conditions that have similar symptoms to DMDD – oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and Bipolar Disorder. Whereas ODD is a pattern of disobedience and defiance toward authority figures beyond typical childhood behaviour, the symptoms of DMDD are much more severe. Children who meet the diagnostic criteria (or characteristics) of both conditions are encouraged to be diagnosed only with DMDD.

Bipolar Disorder is more episodic (short spurts of symptoms) whereas DMDD affects children over the long-term. DMDD is much more constant.

This new diagnosis was recognized in order to improve medical treatment and care for children with these symptoms.


For more information, talk to your doctor.

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