Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
Katie and her mother visit the therapist today. Katie has reoccurring tantrums and difficult behaviors. At first, Katie is disconnected from the conversation. Later, Katie quickly becomes upset. She loses her temper because of the line of questioning and her mother’s
version of events. Katie’s mother is powerless to stop her daughter. As a result, she retreats as she watches her daughter’s outburst.
This training title highlights the major symptoms of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. Symptoms may include: severe temper outbursts manifested verbally and/or behaviorally. This includes physical aggression toward people or property that are grossly out of proportion in intensity or duration to the situation or provocation. Also, the temper outbursts are inconsistent with developmental level. Therefore, the mood between temper outbursts is persistently irritable or angry most of the day, nearly every day, and is observable by others. This contrasts Intermittent Explosive Disorder in which there is not a persistent negative mood between temper outbursts.
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