An article in PsychCentral reports that mood instability occurs in a wider range of mental disorders than is commonly assumed. Most people associate mood instability with depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder but new research shows that mood instability is also quite common in personality disorders and schizophrenia. These findings also show that mood instability is associated with poorer clinical outcomes such as greater number of days spent in the hospital, higher frequency of hospitalization, greater likelihood of compulsory admission, and increased likelihood of being prescribed antipsychotics or mood stabilizers. It is important for clinicians to screen all people presenting with mental health disorders for mood instability and to develop better strategies to treat these symptoms. To read this article in its entirety, click here.