Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder Resources

DMDD is not just a kid with temper tantrums or an invitation to medicate more children. DMDD is a useful diagnosis for kids who are already being treated by psychologists, psychiatrists and others but often treated poorly. DMDD should be included in DSM-5 to encourage clinicians to make accurate pediatric bipolar diagnoses and reflect the needs of this population of individuals with severe difficulties. These children and adults have delays in their ability to regulate their emotions, however they are a group of individuals who may benefit from different approaches than someone with a bipolar disorder.

Useful Books for Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Parent Management Training: Treatment for Oppositional, Aggressive, and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents by Alan Kazdin, Ph.D. The author brings together the conceptual and empirical bases underlying PMT, an evidence-based approach, with discussions of background, principles, and concepts, supplemented with concrete examples of the ways therapists should interact with parents and children. The second half of the book is a PMT treatment manual. The manual details the particulars of the therapy: what is done to and by whom, what the therapist should say, and what to expect at each stage of treatment. It also contains handouts, charts, and aides for parents.
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross Greene, Ph.D. The author outlines a different but valuable approach termed Collaborative Problem Solving. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greeneā€²s Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.


NIMH has a useful DMDD-related page.

A Selection of relevant DMDD-related Research/ Publications

Search for Useful Research on Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

You can find valuable research related research related to DMDD by searching for "Severe Mood Dysregulation" on PubMed.com

You can also search PubMed.com for "Disruptive Mood Dysregulation" as well as pediatric bipolar disorder