Is your tiny tot who was once happy, playful, smiling and joyous is getting irritated easily and more often than earlier? Are you feeling that his irritation is beyond his age and more when compared to his peers? If you have noticed these in your child, then it is high time you take him to the doctor at the earliest, as he is having a Psychiatric issue – Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)!!!
What is DMDD? DMDD is a Psychiatric problem common in children, boys being affected more than girls! It is similar to Bipolar Disorder in adults. DMDD is a condition characterized by a child being chronically irritable, have severe temper outbursts and is out of proportion when compared to other children of same age!!
Symptoms of DMDD – DMDD is fairly a new disorder. Symptoms are common in children below 10 years of age and not beyond 18 years of age. Symptoms that establishes a diagnosis of DMDD are –
- Irritable and angry mood most time of the day and almost every day
- Severe temper outburst more than 3 times a week and is irrational for age and developmental levels
- Troubling people around due to his behaviour at home, school
- Symptoms persisting for more than a year
Diagnosis of DMDD – Though the condition is a new addition to Paediatric Psychiatric illness, diagnosis can be made by – Evaluation of history wherein the symptoms would have lasted for more than a year, i.e no symptom-free period! Outbursts last for hours and even a day!!
Treatment of DMDD – DMDD is treatable. Treatment options include –
- Psychological treatment –
- Parent training
- Computer-based training
Tips to help your child – As a parent, it is your responsibility to safeguard your child and lend him psychological support. You are the best support for your child, here are a few tips –
- Don’t blame him for his act
- Don’t support his act either, be neutral
- Try to let him understand how it is affecting his life
- Identify triggers and try to avoid
DMDD can lead to serious complications like depression or anxiety as he grows into an adult!!! Try to notice it early and get it treated early, as early intervention leads to better outcome!!
Nor you or your child is responsible, so don’t play blame game!! Accept it and try to come out of it!!!