25, No. Poldrack RA : The role of fMRI in cognitive neuroscience: where do we stand? Emotional dysregulation refers to the inability of a person to control or regulate their emotional responses to provocative stimuli. This work demonstrates important differences between severe mood dysregulation and bipolar disorder, which in turn carry implications for therapeutics and nosology. 231, No. While some psychotherapeutic trials focus on overt aggression in adolescents, few trials have examined school-age children with frequent outbursts that are impairing but not always violent (98, 99). b Amygdala activation in ADHD patients was greater than that for healthy comparison subjects (p=0.05). Broadening bipolar disorder - by design or by accident? That is, evidence suggests that youths with nonepisodic irritability 1) are at increased risk for unipolar depressive and anxiety disorders, rather than manic episodes, as they age; 2) do not have high familial rates of bipolar disorder; and 3) differ pathophysiologically from youths with DSM-IV bipolar disorder. To test this hypothesis, one small study (39) compared parental diagnoses (determined by clinicians blind to children's diagnoses) in samples of youths with severe mood dysregulation or bipolar disorder. J Clin Psychiatry 2003; 64:1183–1191Crossref, Medline, Google Scholar, 86. 3, Evidence Based Mental Health, Vol. Coccaro EF , Lee RJ , Kavoussi RJ : A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of fluoxetine in patients with intermittent explosive dis-order. What is disruptive mood dysregulation disorder? 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