Type of Psychological Disorder: Depressive Disorder

Depression has no age limit. Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) is a new diagnosis in the field of mental health. Age range is from children up to 18 years. Children with DMDD have frequent temper tantrums. These temper outbursts can interfere with the child’s ability to function at home, in school or with their friends.
Parents, let us keep our eyes on Jesus Christ. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 KJV).
At time to time children are irritable, upset or moody (just like adults). An occasional temper tantrum can happen as a part of growing up when we are not operating under self-control. Yet, when our children’s behavior patterns are usually irritable or angry and we are noticing temper tantrum are frequent, intense and ongoing it may be signs of DMDD.
Symptoms of DMDD include:
• Severe temper outbursts at least three times a week
• Sad, irritable or angry mood almost every day
• Reaction is bigger than expected
• Child must be at least six years old
• Symptoms begin before age ten
• Symptoms are present for at least a year
• Child has trouble functioning in more than one place (e.g., home, school and/or with friends)
Some of the children were previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder, even though they were not diagnosed with all of the signs and symptoms. Praise God, the good news is that it has been researched that the children who have been diagnosed with DMDD do not go on to have bipolar disorders in adulthood.
Remember God works through physicians, so check with our Spiritual Physician before calling our Medical Physician for a mental health referral.