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):
  • Dehydration
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Low Serotonin
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Vitamin A Toxicity
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Bipolar Disorder

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:
being highly lethargic
pain in chest or left side
poor tolerance of heat
gradual decline in speaking ability
frequent confusion/disorientation
allergies to certain foods
occasional runny nose
disturbed sleep
reduced skin elasticity
strong appetite
numb/burning/tingling extremities
severe cold weather muscle spasms
... 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
Multiple Sclerosis 93% Confirm
Vitamin A Toxicity 30% Unlikely
Mitral Valve Prolapse 16% Unlikely
Low Serotonin 1% Ruled out
Bipolar Disorder 1% Ruled out
Dehydration 0% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 0% Ruled out
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 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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