Child DMDD Therapy
Brooklyn, New York

Children grappling with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) face unique challenges, often feeling misunderstood. At Interborough, we provide specialized therapy for children with DMDD, understanding the nuances of this condition. Our experienced therapists use a blend of evidence-based techniques to help children manage intense emotions, improve behavioral responses, and enhance communication skills.


We create a supportive, nurturing environment where children learn to express themselves in healthier ways, fostering emotional balance and personal growth. Our commitment is to help your child navigate their emotions with strength and resilience, laying the foundation for a happier, more stable future.

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How do I know if my child has DMDD?

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) is diagnosed in children between the ages of 6 and 18 and is characterized by severe and recurrent temper outbursts that are inappropriate for the child’s age and context, occurring on average three times a week.


Between outbursts, the child exhibits persistently irritable or angry mood, observable in various settings like home and school. Symptoms must persist for 12 months and significantly impact the child’s social, academic, or family functioning, and cannot be attributed to other disorders such as autism, psychotic or bipolar disorders. A thorough diagnosis by a mental health professional, considering the child’s history and symptoms, is crucial.


Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) is a childhood condition of extreme irritability, anger, and frequent, intense temper outbursts. DMDD symptoms go beyond being a “moody” child, as children with DMDD experience severe impairment that requires clinical attention.

Common symptoms

DMDD symptoms typically begin before the age of 10, but the diagnosis is not given to children under 6 or those over 18 years of age. A child with DMDD experiences:

  • Irritable or angry mood most of the day, nearly every day
  • Severe temper outbursts (verbal or behavioral) at an average of three or more times per week that are out of keeping with the situation and the child’s developmental level
  • Trouble functioning due to irritability in more than one place (e.g., home, school, with peers)

To be diagnosed with DMDD, a child must have these symptoms steadily for 12 or more months.

DMDD is a relatively newly discovered mood disorder. Previously, it was misdiagnosed as a form of Childhood Bipolar Disorder, and now that has been corrected. Some of the symptoms associated with DMDD are also present in other child psychiatric disorders, such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Some children with DMDD also have a second disorder, such as problems with attention or Anxiety. This is why it is particularly important to get a comprehensive evaluation by a trained and qualified mental health professional for your child.

child DMDD therapy


DBT clinicians have been specifically trained to work with DBT in children, and IDCC also offers family therapy, as well as parent coaching, to assist with problem solving and help decrease negativity in a child. During a session, a child works with a therapist to learn how his or her thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence one another. Adolescents learn how to develop better social- and problem-solving skills to help them in relationships.

My Child Has DMDD, Now What?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment developed to help reduce self-destructive behavior through self-regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness skills, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. Children learn to identify problems so that they can effectively deal with them in adaptive fashion. Children with DMDD can also learn to communicate more effectively.

Exploring Further Support for Your Child

In addition to the services we’ve provided, we also specialize in Child Depression Treatment and Child Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment. Discover comprehensive care options that cater to your child’s specific needs.