Literature offers a variety of definitions and conceptualisations of mood instability,
and in turn, many tools to measure it. Our initial research was to conduct a systematic
review synthesising conceptions and measures of mood instability in clinical populations.
In parallel, we began examining prevalence and clinical correlates of mood instability
in a UK household morbidity survey, to determine whether mood instability had a clinical
impact over and above the psychiatric diagnoses also present in the population.
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