Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) is a childhood condition of extreme irritability, anger, and frequent, intense temper outbursts. DMDD symptoms go beyond a being a “moody” child—children with DMDD experience severe impairment that requires clinical attention.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: W066
Diagnosis: Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
US Patients: 1.5% children
World Patients:
Sex Ratio:
Age Onset: Child or adolescent
Brain Area: under-activity of the amygdala at judging other’s anger or sadness; medial front gyrus and anterior cingulate cortex – lower
Symptoms: disproportionate irritable or angry moods or several temper outbursts weekly; poor stress regulation; one year or more
Progression: displays persistent anger against people and objects, often have anxiety and depression in later years
Causes: Brain areas above are important for evaluating and regulating negative emotions; poverty and single-parenthood affect it
Medications: antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers
Therapies: None listed.


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    Genodermatoses are rare inherited skin diseases that frequently affect other organs. They often have marked effects on wellbeing and may cause early death. Progress in molecular genetics and translational research has unravelled many underlying pathological mechanisms, and in several disorders with high unmet need, has opened the way for the introduction of innovative treatments. One approach is to intervene where cell-signaling pathways are dysregulated, in the case of overactive pathways by...

  • Implementation and evaluation of a curriculum on the assessment and treatment of disruptive behaviour disorders
    by Asif Doja on January 6, 2022

    Disruptive behaviour disorders (DBDs)-which can include or be comorbid with disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder-are commonly seen in paediatric practice. Given increases in the prescribing of atypical antipsychotics for children and youth, it is imperative that paediatric trainees in Canada receive adequate education on the optimal treatment of DBDs. We describe the development,...

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    by Gokce Ergun on January 4, 2022

    Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the set of conditions that result from prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) that lead to cognitive impairment, neurodevelopmental delays, socioemotional and behavioral problems, medical complications, and/or secondary disabilities. In addition, various internalizing and externalizing disorders share similar symptoms with FASD, resulting in misdiagnoses and/or missed diagnosis of FASD. This is amplified for Black youths due to...

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    Mood is defined as a pervasive and sustained feeling tone that is endured internally, and that impacts nearly all aspects of a person’s behavior in the external world. Mood disorders or affective disorders are described by marked disruptions in emotions (severe lows called depression or highs called hypomania or mania). These are common psychiatric disorders leading to an increase in morbidity and mortality.