In the year before assessment, eight patients had continuous cycling. During this time, the mood episodes were too numerous to count in three of these children. The seven other patients had an average of 2.1 episodes of depressed mood, which lasted an average of 2.9 months. These seven youths also had an average of 2.7 episodes of elated mood, with a mean length of 3.6 months. When we used the life charting method’s severity scale of 0–4, in which a score of 0 indicates no dysfunction and a score of 4 indicates severe dysfunction, the mean severity of the elevated moods was 1.7, and the mean severity of the depressed moods was 1.4. Both of these scores indicate mild to low-moderate symptom severity. It is likely that these last results reflected the fact that some of the children were receiving treatment before their assessment.