EMOTION DYSREGULATION MODEL OF MOOD AND ANXIETY DISORDERS

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Correspondence to: Stefan G. Hofmann, Department of Psychology, Boston University, 648 Beacon Street, 6th Fl., Boston, MA 02215. E-mail: shofmann@bu.edu

Abstract

In this review, we present a transdiagnostic emotion dysregulation model of mood and anxiety disorders. This model posits that a triggering event, in conjunction with an existing diathesis, leads to negative or positive affect, depending on the person's affective style. Mood and anxiety disorders are the result of emotion dysregulation of negative affect, coupled with deficiencies in positive affect. The theoretical background of the model is discussed and a range of clinical applications of the model is described.

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