Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

DMDD is a new diagnosis in the DSM V under the category of Mood Disorders. It’s symptoms go beyond “tempermental” and require professional, clinical attention. When the child is not having a tantrum, they are generally irritable, and angry most of the day, in at least two locations (home, school, peers).

The diagnostic criteria are:

David’s approach to dealing with DMDD is to fully discuss the use of medications for mood management. Additionally, in treatment, David will utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play and Art Therapies, Behavioral Modification, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques. Parental support to help calmly handle outbursts will be an important part of therapy for the family.

For more information and a free consultation, call (602) 575-4030 or email David at david@lifeworksaz.com.


David Abrams

David Abrams, MAPC, LPC

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