Severe Mood Dysregulation
Severe mood dysregulation (SMD) is a behavioral syndrome of children and adolescents characterized by severe, chronic irritability and anger outbursts, along with symptoms of hyperarousal. SMD was defined in response to concerns over greatly increasing rates of diagnosed pediatric bipolar disorder, particularly in children with chronic irritability and rage. Subsequent research demonstrated that youth meeting SMD criteria demonstrated different developmental pathways from those with strictly defined DSM-IV bipolar disorder, while continuing to be at increased risk for severe functional impairments and adult psychopathology.
The ADHD, Irritability, and Mood Dysregulation research group here at UCLA is currently conducting a clinical trial to better define and treat SMD. If you are interested in participating in this research study, please contact us at (310) 267-4798 or firstname.lastname@example.org . If you know someone who may be interested in participating, please let them know as well!
ACTIVE AND SEEKING PARTICIPANTS
7 - 17 years of age
12 visits over 3 months
For more information, please view our study flyer here .
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dr. James McGough