What Is Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder?
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.
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.