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Dementia: beyond disorders of mood

Petty, Stephanie; Dening, Tom; Coleston-Shields, Donna Maria; Griffiths, Amanda

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Stephanie Petty

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Clinical Professor in Dementia Research

Donna Maria Coleston-Shields

Amanda Griffiths


This editorial will present the growing argument in the research literature that mood disorders, as defined by psychiatric diagnostic criteria, do not well serve individuals with dementia. This is important because anxiety and depression are our most used and most influential ways of understanding a highly prevalent and personally important experience in dementia: emotion. As such, there is a need to review how the disorders are currently conceptualised since they may have limited applicability for individuals with dementia, and consider what alternatives there might be. Agitation is offered as a lesson in how imprecise descriptions of behaviour can exclude the internal world of people with dementia. In our research to explore how the emotional experiences of individuals with dementia are understood, we consider what might lie beyond disorders of mood.


Petty, S., Dening, T., Coleston-Shields, D. M., & Griffiths, A. (in press). Dementia: beyond disorders of mood. Aging and Mental Health,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 12, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 25, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 30, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 26, 2019
Journal Aging and Mental Health
Print ISSN 1360-7863
Electronic ISSN 1364-6915
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Dementia; Emotion; Mood; Depression; Anxiety
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Aging and Mental Health on 25/01/2018, available online:
Contract Date Jan 30, 2018


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