Emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) is the most common type of personality disorder. It is also known as borderline personality disorder. It usually causes you to experience intense and fluctuating emotions, which can last for anywhere between a few hours and several days at a time.
What does it mean to be emotionally unstable?
Unstable emotions mean that your moods can be extreme and change very quickly. Some examples of unstable emotions are: Extreme depression, anxiety or irritability that might last for only a few hours or days, usually in response to a stressful event. Intense anger or difficulty controlling anger.
What’s a unstable person?
To be unstable is to lack stability, meaning things could change without warning, like an unstable bookshelf that is likely to fall down. If you are unstable emotionally, you might be ecstatically happy one minute and horribly depressed and angry the next. The adjective unstable means the opposite of stable.
How do you deal with an emotionally unstable person?
There are some general strategies that you can use to help:
- Listen without making judgements and concentrate on their needs in that moment.
- Ask them what would help them.
- Reassure and signpost to practical information or resources.
- Avoid confrontation.
- Ask if there is someone they would like you to contact.
How can you tell if someone is emotionally unstable?
Signs and symptoms of EUPD
- Mood swings.
- An overwhelming fear of abandonment.
- Extreme anxiety and irritability.
- Paranoia and being suspicious of other people.
- Feeling empty, hopeless and worthless.
- Suicidal thoughts.
How do I know if I’m mentally unstable?
- Feeling sad or down.
- Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate.
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt.
- Extreme mood changes of highs and lows.
- Withdrawal from friends and activities.
- Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.
What causes emotional instability?
However, this development can be interrupted by life events, like illness, trauma, loss, abuse. When persistent, this is known as an emotionally unstable personality disorder, which will have repeated episodes as above.
What does it mean to be emotionally damaged?
Emotional damages are situations in which a person suffers physiological harm due to an entity’s negligent or intentional actions.