Chapter 9. Mood Disorders

  1. Ihsan M. Salloum Professor of Psychiatry Director2,3 and
  2. Juan E. Mezzich Professor of Psychiatry Director Past President4,5
  1. Marna S. Barrett and
  2. Michael E. Thase Professor of Psychiatry

Published Online: 11 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch9

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

How to Cite

Barrett, M. S. and Thase, M. E. (2009) Mood Disorders, in Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects (eds I. M. Salloum and J. E. Mezzich), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Treatment and Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA

  2. 3

    Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature, World Psychiatric Association, FL, USA

  3. 4

    International Center for Mental Health and Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA

  4. 5

    World Psychiatric Association, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470725696

Online ISBN: 9780470743485



  • classification system for mood disorders;
  • American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM);
  • current diagnostic classifications;
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV-TR) and International Classification of Diseases and related Health Problems, Tenth Edition (ICD-10);
  • bipolar affective disorder - shifting toward dimensional or spectrum classification for this group of disorders;
  • ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR classifications of mood disorders;
  • classification of mood disorders and reflecting on fundamental purpose of classification system;
  • need for additional, complementary approaches - to reach level of precision in diagnosis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Current Diagnostic Classifications

  • Future Directions for Classification

  • Conclusion

  • References