Category: Bipolar Disorders


Institute 5 - Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder and Mood Dysregulation in Youth and Early Adulthood

Thursday, November 16
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Aqua Salon A & B, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Assessment | Treatment Development | Bipolar Disorder
Presentation Type: Institutes
Level of Familiarity: Moderate

Mood dysregulation is one of the biggest problems in childhood, and it often worsens in adolescence and early adulthood. Yet there has been much uncertainty about how to conceptualize these problems diagnostically. DSM-5 added a new diagnosis, creating another label, but without an evidence base about course or treatment. Fortunately, there has been a surge of evidence about the validity of carefully diagnosed mood disorders in youths, along with better evidence-based tools for assessment and treatment. This institute discusses key assessment and therapy issues, including: how bipolar and other mood disorders manifest clinically, presentation similarities and differences in children versus adults, how to use self-report and parent-report measures to aid diagnosis and treatment, and specific treatment strategies. We summarize the available biological interventions, emphasizing what nonprescribing clinicians need to know about these treatments. We then concentrate on how to implement therapeutic techniques used in individual-family and multi-family psychoeducational psychotherapy (PEP), one of the most promising evidence-based approaches to managing mood dysregulation in youth. This program will utilize lecture format, case presentations, demonstrations, role-plays and question-and-answer periods. Often challenging conventional wisdom, the institute presents new evidence from NIMH grants that can be applied immediately in practice.

Earn 5 continuing education credits

Learning Objectives:

Recommended Reading: Jonsson, H., Kristensen, M., & Arendt, M. (2015). Intensive cognitive behavioural therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 6, 83-96.
Fristad, M. A., & Macpherson, H. A. (2014). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for child and adolescent bipolar spectrum disorders. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43, 339-355. doi:10.1080/15374416.2013.822309
Axelson, D. A., Birmaher, B., Findling, R. L., Fristad, M. A., Kowatch, R. A., Youngstrom, E. A., . . . Diler, R. S. (2011). Concerns regarding the inclusion of temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. doi:10.4088/JCP.10com06220
Fristad, M. A., Wolfson, H., Algorta, G. P., Youngstrom, E. A., Arnold, L. E., Birmaher, B., . . . Findling, R. L. (2016). Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified: Fraternal or Identical Twins? Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 26, 138-146. doi:10.1089/cap.2015.0062
Van Meter, A., Youngstrom, E., Freeman, A., Feeny, N., Youngstrom, J. K., & Findling, R. L. (2016). Impact of Irritability and Impulsive Aggressive Behavior on Impairment and Social Functioning in Youth with Cyclothymic Disorder. Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 26, 26-37. doi:10.1089/cap.2015.0111

Eric A. Youngstrom

Professor and ABCT Fellow
University of North Carolina


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Mary Fristad

Vice Chair for Research & Academic Affairs, Director of Psychology
Ohio State University


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