Emotional Reactivity, Emotion Regulation, and Social Emotions in Affective Disorders

Research output: Contribution to journalResearch articleContributedpeer-review


Affective disorders, specifically Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorders, show high prevalence, relapse rates, and a high likelihood to develop a chronic course. For the past two decades, research has investigated the neural correlates of emotion processing and emotion regulation in patients with affective disorders. Putative underlying causal mechanisms of dysregulated affect have been informed by knowledge from the intersection of neuroimaging and clinical psychology. More recent investigations also consider processing the role of mostly negative, self-blaming social emotions, which have been linked to treatment resistance and, hence, provide a prolific target for intervention. Several psychotherapeutic treatment approaches already focus on emotion, and here specific knowledge about the mechanisms underlying ersistent changes in affect bears the potential to improve the treatment of affective disorders. In this narrative review, we delineate why and how our insights into the neural correlates of emotion processing and regulation can be applied to the treatment of patients with affective disorders.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-25
Number of pages15
Journal Zeitschrift für klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie : Forschung und Praxis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2022

External IDs

Scopus 85135156858
unpaywall 10.1026/1616-3443/a000648
Mendeley cfd70618-7f69-3774-9075-2b71d578cd5a
ORCID /0000-0002-2244-6025/work/142242143


Research priority areas of TU Dresden

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • social cognition, functional neuroimaging, emotion processing, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, bipolar disorder, emotion processing, functional neuroimaging, major depressive disorder, social cognition