[Self-Test] Could Your Child Have Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder?
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder may look like everyday crankiness, alternated with epic meltdowns that erupt out of nowhere with seemingly no provocation. Could DMDD be causing your child’s difficult behavior? Take this symptom test and share the results with your doctor.
Reviewed by J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D., a member of the ADDitude ADHD Specialist Panel
All children get cranky from time to time – when they aren’t feeling well, their schedule changes, or just because — but for children with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), irritability is a constant presence. These children are irritable at home, in school, and even with their friends. Just about every day brings a foul mood.
Another common characteristic of children with DMDD is that they’re quick to fly off the handle. Cut your son’s grilled cheese sandwich the wrong way, and he’ll scream bloody murder. Say the wrong thing to your daughter, and she could become enraged enough to hit, bite, or kick you. These temper tantrums are completely unpredictable, and totally out of proportion to whatever event might have preceded them.
In DMDD, the behaviors are also out of line with the child’s age. Parents might expect to see a 2 year old flailing his fists and screaming while lying on the floor, but the same conduct is unexpected, and unsettling, in a 12 year old.
Living with a DMDD child can leave the whole family feeling like it’s walking on eggshells. When the rages strike in public places — at school, in the middle of the mall, or at grandma’s house — they become even more stressful and overwhelming for parents to handle.
In the self-test below, select ‘Agree’ for statements that accurately describe your child and share this with your child’s physician.
This Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder self-test is designed to determine whether your child shows symptoms similar to those of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. If the results give you further concern about the possibility of DMDD, see an educational professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This self-test is for personal use only.
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What To Do Next
Learn More About Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
Read The Explosive Child: Our ADHD Book Recommendation
Learn How to Respond to Tantrums and Meltdowns
Listen to the Webinar “How to Communicate and Connect with a Child Who Doesn’t Want to Talk” with Kirk Martin