Information on emotional instability

This self-care programme is for people who have difficulties with emotional regulation or who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. The programme can be useful to their loved ones and professionals as well.

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The first step in treating emotional instability is getting information. This programme will provide you and your loved ones with information about emotional instability and its special characteristics.

Instructions for starting the self-care programme

Before starting this self-care programme, you should take a little time to learn what the programme is all about. Be sure to read our general instructions for self-care programmes as well.

Start the programme:

  • 1. What is emotional instability?

    This section involves learning about emotional instability and thinking about the diagnosis.

  • 2. Regulating moods and emotions

    Challenges with emotional and mood regulation are the key set of symptoms in emotional instability. This section contains information on emotional regulation and dysregulation. The section is suitable for everyone with difficulties with emotional regulation.

  • 3. Behaviour

    Difficulties with behavioural regulation affect a person’s everyday ability to function, relationships and notion of themselves alike.

  • 4. Thinking and perception

    Strong emotions affect a person’s thoughts and what they focus their attention on. Intense emotional fluctuations can cause cognitive and sensory distortions.

  • 5. Identity and relationships

    Emotional instability may cause a person to feel like they are a chameleon – as if they are a different person in different situations and relationships.

  • 6. The development of emotional instability

    A person’s emotional regulation is impacted by the environment in which they grow up as a child and young person. The impact of the environment is even greater to biologically sensitive people than to others.

  • 7. How is emotional instability treated?

    This section provides information on different studied forms of treatment and what a person can do themselves.

  • 8. Emotional instability and loved ones

    Emotional instability almost always has an impact on a person’s close relationships. The person’s loved ones should take care of their own wellbeing, but they can also provide support and help through everyday means.