In my answer to the question How does a person know if he should seek treatment for depression since feeling moody is unavoidable?, I have pointed out that DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) talks about a depressive disorder which is specific to 7-18 year olds only, with onset before 10 years old, and that is Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) (pp. 156-160).

I am not sure what I think about this, as it could be seen to be

oh, it’s just childhood/teenage tantrums which they will grow out of.

The other side to this being in the DSM is that it says in the note under criteria J on page 156, that individuals whose symptoms meet the criteria for both Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) should only be given the diagnosis of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, however, doing this will indicate that the ODD aspects are a result of depression.

Why can children not suffer from ODD and have depression because they feel there are oppression attempts against them?


American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Edition). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing.

  • $\begingroup$ It is not that they can not suffer both disorders, page 159 recognizes the fact that 15% can meet the criteria for both disorders, but if so, since the ODD will be associated with symptoms that also meet the criteria for the DMDD, the diagnosis of ODD must be prioritized, considering as a rule the coexistence of both diagnostics (not disorders) incorrect. $\endgroup$ – hexadecimal Feb 11 at 22:51

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