Unable to control emotions is a symptom of emotional content intruding into thought processes in such a manner that behaviors become disruptive.
Can’t control emotions, emotional outburst, can not control emotions, lack of emotional control, no emotional control.
Emotional content floods the brain in response to our experiences, physiological and psychological states. Most of us learn how to prevent emotions from interfering with functioning as we mature. An area of the brain responsible for executive function decision making exerts an inhibitory process over the part of the brain that processes emotions. Some people do not cope well with intense emotional stimulation and are not able to control their emotional responses or behaviors. This may be due to brain damage, hormonal imbalances, a personality disorder, substance abuse, a medical condition or a psychiatric disorder. In general, children are less able than are adults to control their emotions, so it is the responsibility of adults who care for them to teach them emotional control.
If lack of emotional control persists into adolescence, is new in onset and appears abnormal at any age, or represents a change in personality or behavior, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the diagnosis.
Alcohol related disorders
Antisocial personality disorder
Social anxiety disorder
Schizotypal personality disorder
Substance abuse disorders
Low blood sugar
Diagnosis and Treatment
If lack of emotional control persists into adolescence, is new in onset and abnormal at any age, or represents a change in personality or behavior, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the diagnosis. Treatment will depend on the diagnosis.
If the individual is agitated and is danger of harming him or herself or others.
Written by: JC Jones MA, RN Reviewed by: Paul Auerbach, MD Written: December 18, 2007 Last Updated: December 31, 2007 Published By:
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