Young Adult and Middle-Aged Female's with Mood Disorders
It is more common now for an adolescent or young adult female to receive a mood disorder diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder NOS or Mood Disorder NOS, as opposed to a form of depression (National Institutes of Health [NIH]. 2000).
Depression diagnoses were much more common in past decades.
With the increasing number of adolescent and young adult females being diagnosed with one of the variable mood disorders, most research on this population has focused on the trajectories of depressive symptoms, family dynamics, and genetics.
As yet, little research has focused on environmental triggers of rapid cycling in adolescent girls and young adult females apart from family dynamics.