Emotional Stability

What Causes Emotional Instability?

Emotional instability can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose emotional instability, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "emotional instability" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Dehydration
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Anorexia/Starvation Tendency
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Vitamin A Toxicity
  • Low Serotonin
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
mild abdominal discomfort
regular postprandial somnolence
front-of-head headaches
unexplained missed periods
brittle fingernails
caffeinated soft drink consumption
dark urine color
severe tongue swelling
muscle cramps/twitching
frequent confusion/disorientation
history of CFS diagnosis
... and more than 100 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of emotional instability:
Cause Probability Status
Mitral Valve Prolapse 92% Confirm
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 20% Unlikely
Dehydration 20% Unlikely
Hypoglycemia 5% Ruled out
Anorexia/Starvation Tendency 3% Ruled out
Bipolar Disorder 0% Ruled out
Vitamin A Toxicity 0% Ruled out
Low Serotonin 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Emotional Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about emotional stability:
How would you rate your emotional stability? Consider, for example, how you react to criticism, being cheated, or very good news.
Possible responses:
→ I don't show any reaction, I just deal with it
→ My emotions are usually stable / controlled
→ I'm average / sometimes react visibly / don't know
→ I often react visibly to emotional triggers
→ I usually lose control / have emotional outbursts
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate strictly controlled emotions, well-controlled emotions, increased emotional instability or severe emotional instability, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as: