What is Emotional Regulation Disorder?

The term Emotional Regulation Disorder is used to describe a condition of dysfunctional ability to regulate and manage emotions optimally. Mental Health professionals use Emotional Dysregulation (ED) which may describe an individuals inability to manage emotional response and the deviation from the traditionally accepted range of emotional reaction. In this article we explore What Emotional Regulation Disorder, the causes of emotional regulation disorder, and the symptoms to be aware of.

What causes Emotional Regulation Disorder?

There are a range of reasons that could contribute to someone developing emotional dysregulation we explore a few below:

  • Early childhood trauma. These are traumatic events experienced during the early years of a person’s life. Its time you dig deeper into your childhood memories. This is deemed the most critical developmental period in human life.
  • Child neglect. A form of abuse from caregivers that results in a deprivation of a child’s basic needs, including the failure to provide adequate supervision, health care, clothing, or housing as well as other physical, emotional, social, educational, and safety needs.
  • Traumatic brain injury. A brain dysfunction caused by an outside force, usually a violent blow to the head.‌
  • Chronic low levels of invalidation. This occurs when a person’s thoughts and feelings are rejected, ignored, or judged.

Emotional Regulation Disorder Symptoms:

  • Impromptu anger outbursts that get displaced to someone who did not cause any harm.
  • Passive-aggressive patterns of behaviour.
  • Somatic symptoms such as chronic pain and illness not caused by any medical condition and remain unexplained by medical professionals.
  • Self-destruction or self-harming behaviour, including extreme thoughts of suicide.
  • Difficulty in building and maintaining healthy social relationships in personal and professional fields.
  • Attentional dysregulation, including the inability to focus on meaningful work because the mind is too occupied with negative thoughts and emotions.
  • Hypersensitivity and poor self-control.

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Unfortunately Emotional Regulation Disorder is often as associated with other mental health disorders such as stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse,  excessive mood swings. In order to effectively manage this, there needs to be an overall intervention plan that will help address the associated problems/trauma’s.

Emotional Dysregulation: What It Is, How to Stop It