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Instability, Mood Swings

Abstract: Instability can be caused by borderline (emotionally unstable) syndrome, with rapidly changing emotions, or by bipolar syndrome, with swings between manic and depressed states, or by the menstrual cycle in women.

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Instability, Mood Swings

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First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 23 Dec 2008.

Four common disorders characterized by instability in mood and emotions are Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and Drug Abuse. The diagnosis should always be made by a medical professional:

Also called emotionally unstable personality disorder. Unstable relations, impulsivity, recklessness, explosiveness.
Dramatic mood swings between overly "high" (manic) states and depression, with periods of normal mood in between.
Disorder (PMDD)
Irritability and mood swings in the week before a menstruation in women.
Kicks and
Substance abuse (and other kinds of abuse) has its own periodicity of kicks and abstinence symptoms.
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