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Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) is a condition in which children or adolescents experience aggressive behaviors. Individuals with DMDD may have trouble in school and have trouble maintaining healthy relationships with family or peers. They also may have a hard time in social settings or participating in activities such as team sports.

Individuals with DMDD are typically diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 10. To be diagnosed with DMDD, a child must have experienced symptoms steadily for 12 or more months. Over time, as children grow and develop, the symptoms of DMDD may change. For example, an adolescent or young adult with DMDD may experience fewer tantrums, but they begin to exhibit symptoms of depression or anxiety. For these reasons, treatment may need to change over time.

Signs and symptoms of DMDD:

Severe temper outbursts (verbal or behavioral), on average, three or more times per week

Outbursts and tantrums that have been ongoing for at least 12 months

Chronically irritable or angry mood most of the day, nearly every day

Trouble functioning due to irritability in more than one place (at home, at school, and with peers)


DMDD can be a combination of several different complementary approaches that work together to reduce symptoms. For one client, it may include medication, nutritional changes, exercise, and/or mental health therapy. For another client, it may include taking supplements/vitamins, practicing mindfulness, or spending lots of time outdoors in nature. 

If you think you may suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned above, let’s work together to discuss your treatment options.