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Mood Disorders and Trauma – What are the Associations? Future Directions
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Yael Dvir, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Michael Hill, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jean A. Frazier, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Publication Date
10-1-2010
Document Type
Poster
Subjects
Bipolar Disorder; Children; Mood Disorders; Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Disciplines
Abstract
Background: Mood dysregulation in traumatized children often is misdiagnosed as Bipolar Disorder (BD) and conversely the diagnosis of BD is often overlooked. This presents a diagnostic quagmire that is critical to understand in more depth and to date has received little attention in the literature. We aim to characterize the relationship between childhood trauma and mood dysregulation and between childhood trauma and pediatric BD by describing clinical correlates of children with trauma and comorbid mood disorders in a community mental health setting. Methods: 40 youth between the ages of 8-18 years, who present to child psychiatry at Community Healthlink clinics with symptoms of mood dysregulation and history of trauma will be assessed. Children will be divided into two groups: (1) Mood Disorder NOS (MD NOS) (n=20); and (2) Unmodified DSM-IV-TR BD (n=20) At the end of 6 months, youth with MD NOS will be re-evaluated to determine if progressed to the diagnosis of BD Future Directions Better understanding the association between trauma and development of mood disorders will increase our knowledge of the diverse effects of such events on youths’ emotional and behavioral development Identifying clinical correlates that help predict later development of BD in mood dsyregulated, traumatized youth, will promote future research aimed at identifying biological markers and preventive treatment interventions Presented at the UMass Department of Psychiatry Research Day, October 2010.
Source
Dvir Y, Hill M, Frazier JA. Mood Disorders and Trauma – What are the Associations? Future Directions, UMASS Department of Psychiatry Research Day, October 2010
Citation Information
Yael Dvir, Michael Hill and Jean A. Frazier. "Mood Disorders and Trauma – What are the Associations? Future Directions" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/yael_dvir/11/