Mood Instability Seen in Range of Mental Disorders

An examination of electronic medical records finds that mood instability also found in non-affective disorders, and is associated with poorer outcomes.

A study by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has shown that mood instability occurs in a wide range of mental disorders and is not exclusive to affective conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder.

The research, published today in BMJ Open, also found that mood instability was associated with poorer clinical outcomes.

Taken together, these findings suggest that clinicians should screen for mood instability across all common mental health disorders. Targeted interventions for mood instability may also be useful in patients who do not have a formal affective disorder.

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