2. Regulating moods and emotions

We are all born with emotions, but not with emotional regulation skills. We learn those skills in our childhood and youth in particular. Challenges with emotional regulation are the most significant set of symptoms associated with emotional instability.

A young child needs plenty of help from adults to identify and verbalise their emotions, as well as for controlling their own actions, and with age, they will learn to regulate their emotions more independently. These skills are developed particularly in situations in which emotions run high. The foundation for emotional regulation skills is laid in childhood, but these skills can also be learned in adulthood.

The video below provides more information on emotional and mood regulation. 

Mood and emotions