Could I Be Struggling with Emotional Instability?

We’ve all heard of the term “emotionally unstable” – but what does that really mean? The term itself is often accompanied alongside mental illness, because many people with mental disorders experience so many distressing symptoms that it’s hard to manage emotions in healthy ways. Dr. Ashley Hampton, a psychologist, told Bustle magazine in 2018 that typically emotional instability refers to a level of unpredictability in a person’s emotions. She explained, “For example, an event happens, and one would expect a certain reaction but receives a completely different reaction.”

Emotional instability can certainly result from a personality disorder, such as through Borderline Personality Disorder, but it may also occur alongside issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, etc. Those in addiction recovery have often struggled with devastating life experiences; in fact, these stressful life events are often what cause people to rely on substances as a form of self-medication. If you believe you may be struggling with emotional instability, consider some of the following signs:

  •    Do you tend to experience a “rollercoaster” of emotions?
  •    Do you find yourself acting impulsively when your emotions take over?
  •    Do you have trouble coping with painful emotions?
  •    Do you often react to certain situations in a way that seems “out of place”?
  •    Have you received concerns from loved ones about the way you handle your emotions?

It’s not uncommon to struggle with emotional instability. A study published in the journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry interviewed several people who had previously struggled with addiction and one person stated, “…It just spiraled down and I was very, very depressed and constantly hopeless…I have emotional triggers that are problematic.”

Emotions can get the best of us sometimes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t develop healthier coping mechanisms. If you’re ready to take hold of your life, speak with a professional from The Arbor today.

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offers an integrative and holistic approach to treat substance abuse and a wide variety of addictions, as well as underlying mental health and psychological issues. All of the addiction recovery programs offered by The Arbor are designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit leading to a lifetime of sobriety, health and wellness. If you’re ready to find healing and restoration in a peaceful, loving environment, please call us today at 844-560-7269.