Deficits in attention to emotional stimuli distinguish youth with severe mood dysregulation from youth with bipolar disorder.

@article{Rich2010DeficitsIA,
  title={Deficits in attention to emotional stimuli distinguish youth with severe mood dysregulation from youth with bipolar disorder.},
  author={Brendan A. Rich and Melissa A. Brotman and Daniel P. Dickstein and Derek G. V. Mitchell and R. James R. Blair and Ellen Leibenluft},
  journal={Journal of abnormal child psychology},
  year={2010},
  volume={38 5},
  pages={695-706}
}
Studying attention in the context of emotional stimuli may aid in differentiating pediatric bipolar disorder (BD) from severe mood dysregulation (SMD). SMD is characterized by chronic irritability, arousal, and hyper-reactivity; SMD youth frequently receive a BD diagnosis although they do not meet DSM-IV criteria for BD because they lack manic episodes. We… CONTINUE READING