Emotional dysregulation refers to an emotional response that is poorly modulated, and does not fall within the conventionally accepted range of emotive response. Emotional dysregulation may be referred to as labile mood (marked fluctuation of mood) or mood swings.

Possible manifestations of emotional dysregulation include angry outbursts or behavior outbursts such as destroying or throwing objects, aggression towards self or others, and threats to kill oneself. These variations usually occur in seconds to minutes or hours. Emotional dysregulation can lead to behavioural problems and can interfere with a person’s social interactions and relationships at home, in school, or at place of employment. It is often seen in the context of a Conduct Disorder.

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