Emotional Dysregulation

Some people have rapidly changing emotions, difficulty controlling emotions, and difficulty appropriately expressing them. Others experience episodic or continual feelings of anxiety and/or depression. These challenges often are the root of a person feeling that their life is miserable and out-of-control.

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Unstable moods improved from extremely unstable to above average.

On admission, participants reported an extreme level of rapidly changing moods (mean = 93.36, SD 15.54). After completion of initial treatment phase, mood instability was decreased to the above average range (mean = 63.86, SD 15.14). Above 70 is considered clinically significant. Average level of mood instability in the general population is measured at T=50.

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Skills deficits improved from extreme deficit to close to average.

On admission, participants reported an extreme lack of knowledge of strategies needed to manage emotions (mean = 92.95, SD 16.77). After initial treatment phase, knowledge of what was needed to manage emotions was close to the average range (mean = 59.43, SD 12.63). Above 70 is considered clinically significant. Average level of knowledge of mood regulation skills in the general population is measured at T=50.

Mood Instability is measured with the Affect Instability subscale of John Briere's IASC (2000). Knowledge of skills needed to regulate emotions is measured with the Affect Skills Deficits subscale.