Lifetime mood spectrum symptoms among bipolar patients and healthy controls: a cross sectional study with the Mood Spectrum Self-Report questionnaire

Journal of Affective Disorders
Amna A GhouseJair C Soares


The "spectrum" model has advantages for the conceptualization of mental disorders, representing a complementary approach to the currently available categorical systems. We carried out a study in order to assess lifetime mood symptoms among patients with bipolar disorder (BD) and healthy controls from a dimensional perspective. The Mood Spectrum Self-Report instrument (MOODS-SR) was administered to 101 bipolar patients (52 BD I, 32 BD II, and 17 BD NOS, 36 males/65 females, mean age+SD=36.10±13.34 years) and 38 healthy controls (16 males/22females, mean age+SD=35.18±13.70 years). The scores of the different MOOD-SR scales and subscales among patients and controls were compared using non-parametric tests (Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis). Bipolar patients scored significantly higher than healthy controls on the total MOOD-SR scores (BD: mean±SD=98.65±22.17; HC: mean±SD=12.92±10.72; p<0.01) and all subdomains. Multiple comparisons revealed lower scores among controls when compared to each one of the subtypes of BD, also regarding the total scores and all subdomains (p<0.01). Comparisons across the different subtypes of BD revealed statistically significant higher scores among BD I patients when compared to BD II and BD NOS patient...Continue Reading


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