Drs. Wiggins and Wakschlag Reply

Jillian Lee Wiggins*, Lauren S. Wakschlag

*Corresponding author for this work

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We thank Benarous et al. for their recognition of the necessity of a developmental view on disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) and for their thoughtful comments.1 Indeed, a growing science base challenges the “old thinking” that developmental instability precludes earlier identification of DMDD syndromes. Notably, our paper was designed to promote a move toward a dimensional approach, which ultimately would obviate the need to make “you have it or you don't” decisions. In the short term, because real-world clinical decision making still rests on the presence or absence of DSM syndromes, our goal was to generate a developmentally informed evidence base for earlier identification and prevention of early-onset clinically significant irritability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-323
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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