Affect regulation in pediatric bipolar disorder

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2009 Apr;18(2):405-20, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2008.12.003.


Increasingly, clinicians and researchers alike are describing children presenting with emotional and behavioral problems as suffering from deficits of "affect regulation." The present article reviews the current understanding of affect regulation. The authors also discuss recent findings implicating affect dysregulation in children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Affect*
  • Amygdala / physiopathology
  • Basal Ganglia / physiopathology
  • Bipolar Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Bipolar Disorder / drug therapy*
  • Bipolar Disorder / physiopathology
  • Caudate Nucleus / physiopathology
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Irritable Mood
  • Prefrontal Cortex / physiopathology
  • Social Control, Informal*