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Affective spectrum

The affective spectrum is a grouping of related psychiatric and medical disorders which may accompany bipolar, unipolar, and schizoaffective disorders at statistically higher rates than would normally be expected. These disorders are identified by a common positive response to the same types of pharmacologic treatments. They also aggregate strongly in families and may therefore share common heritable underlying physiologic anomalies.

Affective spectrum disorders include:

The following may also be part of the spectrum accompanying affective disorders[citation needed].

Also, there are now studies linking heart disease[citation needed].

Please note that many of the terms above overlap. The generally accepted definition of these terms can be found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).


International Society for Bipolar Disorders


Hudson J.I., Pope H.G., Jr. (1990). "Affective spectrum disorder: does antidepressant response identify a family of disorders with a common pathophysiology?" Am Journal of Psychiatry. 147(5):552-64. (PMID 2183630).

Hudson J.I., Mangweth B., Pope H.G., Jr., De Col C., Hausmann A., Gutweniger S., Laird N.M., Biebl W., Tsuang M.T. (2003). "Family study of affective spectrum disorder". Arch Gen Psychiatry. 60(2):170-7. (PMID 12578434).

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