Emotion regulation and residual depression predict psychosocial functioning in bipolar disorder: Preliminary study

R. Becerra, K. Cruise, C. Harms, A. Allan, Darryl Bassett, Sean Hood, G. Murray

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    This study explores the predictive value of various clinical, neuropsychological, functional, and emotion regulation processes for recovery in Bipolar Disorder. Clinical and demographic information was collected for 27 euthymic or residually depressed BD participants. Seventy one percent of the sample reported some degree of impairment in psychosocial functioning. Both residual depression and problems with emotion regulation were identified as significant predictors of poor psychosocial functioning. In addition, to residual depression, the results of the current study introduce a variable of emotion dysregulation to account for poor psychosocial functioning among BD populations. Improving emotion regulation strategies, in particular, concentration and task accomplishment during negative emotional states could have important consequences for improving overall psychosocial functioning among this population, helping to reduce both the economic burden and high costs to personal wellbeing associated with BD.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)855-864
    JournalUniversitas Psychologica
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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