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
- Bipolar Disorder
- Mitral Valve Prolapse
- Anorexia/Starvation Tendency
- 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
unexplained missed periods
caffeinated soft drink consumption
dark urine color
severe tongue swelling
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:
|Mitral Valve Prolapse
|Vitamin A Toxicity
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
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.
→ 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: