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:
|Mitral Valve Prolapse||27%||Unlikely|
|Vitamin A Toxicity||18%||Unlikely|
|Epstein-Barr Virus||5%||Ruled out|
|Low Serotonin||0%||Ruled out|
|Anorexia/Starvation Tendency||0%||Ruled out|
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
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]