Severe and protracted childhood trauma can lead to diagnoses later in life of complex PTSD and borderline personality disorder. there is a very large overlap between these two conditions and a major symptom of both can be extreme emotional over-reactivity (referred to by psychologists and psychiatrists as emotional lability).
Both conditions are so serious that they necessitate appropriate therapy (such as trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy or eye moment desensitization and reprocessing therapy. However, people suffering from these conditions can do much to help themselves and, in this post, I will look at nine techniques sufferers of these conditions may wish to employ to increase their ability to stabilize their emotions. These are as follows:
See my post: Crucial Features Of Psychoeducation For Complex PTSD
Developing Grounding Techniques
A good source of information about these can be found here: Grounding techniques: Step-by-step guide and methods (Medical News Today)
Learning About Relaxation
Tackling Sleep Problems (Learning About Sleep Hygiene)
See my post: Insomnia More Common In Childhood Trauma Survivors
Understanding Anger (Causes And Management)
See my posts:
See my post: Trauma Triggers – Definition And Examples
Other posts about emotional instability, its causes, and treatments include:
- Controlling Emotions: The Emotional Regulation System.
- Unable To Control Emotions? Amygdala Hijack And BPD
David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).