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
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Anorexia/Starvation Tendency
  • Vitamin A Toxicity
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Low Serotonin
  • Epstein-Barr Virus

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:
recent onset diarrhea
epigastric pain
severe tinnitus
sugar/sweet craving
lower back pain
bulimia
refined sugar consumption
front-of-head headaches
poor cold weather tolerance
fatigue that worsens during the day
being very easily irritated
high systolic blood pressure
... and more than 110 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
Epstein-Barr Virus 95% Confirm
Anorexia/Starvation Tendency 24% Unlikely
Bipolar Disorder 25% Unlikely
Dehydration 1% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 1% Ruled out
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 0% Ruled out
Low Serotonin 0% Ruled out
Vitamin A Toxicity 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:

Related Questions

Emotional Symptoms