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.

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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):
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Low Serotonin
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Dehydration
  • Vitamin A Toxicity
  • Anorexia/Starvation Tendency

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:
infrequent daytime urination
excessive thirst
low lymphocyte count
involuntary eye movement
frequent unexplained nausea
moderate epigastric pain
mitral valve prolapse
high alcohol consumption
painful cervical nodes
somewhat disturbed sleep
being easily irritated
shortness of breath when at rest
... and more than 90 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
Dehydration 98% Confirm
Low Serotonin 23% Unlikely
Multiple Sclerosis 13% Unlikely
Mitral Valve Prolapse 1% Ruled out
Epstein-Barr Virus 0% Ruled out
Vitamin A Toxicity 0% Ruled out
Anorexia/Starvation Tendency 0% Ruled out
Bipolar Disorder 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:

The brain is composed 75% of water.  Dehydration causes the brain to shrink slightly [Hum Brain Mapp. 2011 Jan;32(1): pp.71-9] and also disturbs the overall balance of minerals within the body.  These factors affect brain function and emotional stability.  One study found that women who were just 1% below optimal hydration reported irritability and other mood changes. [The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 142, Issue 2, 1 February 2012, pp.382-8]

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