Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) includes frequent displays of outburst in the form of physical aggression towards others and self, that are out of proportion to the situation, provocation, and the individual’s developmental level. This particular diagnosis is not made before the age of 6 years old of after 18 years old.
- Frequent displays of temper outburst (i.e.; verbal rage and/or physical aggression toward people, self, or property).
- Persistent irritability between outbursts that is observed more often than not.
- Becoming angry in response to their environment quickly.
- Seeming as though their anger goes from “0 to 100”.
- Difficulty returning back to “normal” state after becoming angry or upset.
- The child may appear unconsolable or unable to be comforted during such periods where they experience an increase in anger that is not developmentally appropriate for their age.