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Mood instability is common, and an important feature of several psychiatric disorders. We discuss the definition and measurement of mood instability, and review its prevalence, characteristics, neurobiological correlates and clinical implications. We suggest that mood instability has underappreciated transdiagnostic potential as an investigational and therapeutic target.

Original publication

DOI

10.1192/bjp.bp.114.158543

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date

10/2015

Volume

207

Pages

283 - 285

Keywords

Cognition, Humans, Irritable Mood, Mood Disorders