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Emotional Dysregulation

Emotions are our compass in life - they connect us to our wants, needs, desires, values, and dislikes. They help us consider what we do and don't want in life, help navigate relationships, and direct us in important decision making. When experiencing emotional dysregulation, often people can experience instability in interpersonal relationships, sense of self, mood swings, difficulty regulating emotions, a persistent fear of abandonment, and black and white thinking. These difficulties in mood and fear of people leaving them often manifests in impulsive behaviours, such as acting-out, recklessness, self-harm, and recklessness. 

People experiencing emotional dysregulation may be diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. People with BPD often struggle with a distorted sense of self and may have difficulty maintaining a stable identity. Relationships can be tumultuous, where people with BPD can often see others as "all good" or "all bad" (i.e., idealising and devaluing others). This can lead to challenges in maintaining stable work and relationships.

The exact causes of BPD are not fully understood, but a combination of genetic, neurobiological, and environmental factors may contribute to its development. Effective treatment approaches typically involve a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and support from a mental health professional. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has shown particular efficacy in helping individuals manage intense emotions and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

While living with emotional dysregulation can be challenging, with proper  treatment individuals can learn to navigate their emotions, build more stable relationships, and lead fulfilling lives.  At Melbourne Psychology House, we have specialised psychologists working from Malvern who bring both experience and sensitivity when working with people who experience emotional dysregulation. Click here to start your journey with us and book your first appointment. 

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