Mood instability: significance, definition and measurement

M R Broome, K E Saunders, P J Harrison, Steven Marwaha

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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 languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-285
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


  • Cognition
  • Humans
  • Irritable Mood
  • Mood Disorders/diagnosis


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