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Why Do So Many Things Trigger My Emotions?

Updated on August 27, 2019
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For me, emotions occur instantly, I have no control over them. A simple sentence from someone else can cause me to cry or laugh hysterically

Do You Ever Feel That Your Emotions Are Out of Control?

Have you ever experienced joy or painful feelings for no reason at all? All of a sudden at work, home, or anywhere, does something cause you to laugh, cry, become angry, or feel any other emotion that does not fit the situation?

If you have experienced this, relax, you are not alone. In fact, there have been enough cases that the medical field has explored this and came up with a medical term "Emotional Lability" and definition of this disorder.


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Pathological laughter and crying (PLC) is a condition defined by relatively uncontrollable episodes of laughter, crying or both.

— Poeck K - Handbook of clinical neurology, Vol. 3

Are You Suffering From Emotional Lability Or A Form Of BPD(Borderline Personality)?

I Feel Like I Am Going Crazy!

For me, it happens all the time. It might be a simple sentence that someone says that can either cause me to start laughing hysterically or make me feel sad and start me crying. I have started crying for no apparent reason when I was driving somewhere. My emotions do not match up with my outside actions or environment.

These emotional outbursts are usually inappropriate reactions that come on suddenly with no warning. I can be laughing uncontrollably one minute and then all of a start crying for no apparent reason.

“I feel too much. That's what's going on.' 'Do you think one can feel too much? Or just feel in the wrong ways?' 'My insides don't match up with my outsides.' 'Do anyone's insides and outsides match up?' 'I don't know. I'm only me.' 'Maybe that's what a person's personality is: the difference between the inside and outside.' 'But it's worse for me.' 'I wonder if everyone thinks it's worse for him.' 'Probably. But it really is worse for me.”

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly
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Some Causes To Emotional Lability Are:

ADHD
Dementia
ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease
High Sensitivity
Alzheimer's
Neurologic Disorders
Stroke
TBI

Do You Have Emotionally Lability Or Are You An HSP?

A Highly Sensitive Person is not a Disorder

Although the person is highly sensitive to emotional, mental, and physical stimuli they are not considered to have a disorder as an Emotionally Lability person does. According to hsperson.com 15 to 20% of the population are highly sensitive people. These people were born with or acquired this personality trait.

To check to see if you are a highly sensitive person you may want to take a quick test found by clicking the link. https://hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-test/ but be careful because you may be both a highly sensitive person and have an emotional lability disorder.

5 Things You Can Do To Lessen Or Alleviate an Emotional Outburst

For me personally, I cannot control my emotional reactions. However, doing some research on this disorder I did learn that there are things I can do to lessen the harshness and length of my emotional outbursts.



1. Seek Medical Help

Seek medical help from a physician or therapist who you trust immediately when you recognize that there is something wrong. Don't wait until loved ones or friends misdiagnose you. I am 52 years old and lived with this nightmare almost all my life, battling this affliction alone. A good physician or therapist will spot the symptoms and direct you to the medications or help you need to alleviate or lessen your symptoms.

2. Get Some Fresh Air and Exercise

It might sound obvious but taking a walk helps clear my head and helps to shorten the length of time it takes to regain control of my emotions. There is something calming about air and nature that helps to relax me.

3. Stay Away From Things That Prolong The Emotion

If I am sad and crying, I have learned not to listen to sad songs, watch sad movies or television shows, and avoid talking about things that may escalate the sadness. The same is true when I go into laughing hysterically, I try to avoid things that could cause me to continue the laughter or increase the hysterical laughter.

4. Avoid Alcohol and Street Drugs

Avoiding alcohol and street drugs. Although it is tempting to want to numb yourself, alcohol and street drugs actually increase the emotional rollercoaster. Also, avoid people drinking and using street drugs, this limits their ability to be sensitive to your disorder, and may say or do something that triggers you to have an emotional outburst.

5. Change The Topic Or Find A Distraction

Sometimes you can't just go for a walk or avoid the triggers, that's when you need to find something else to think about. You may not always be able to turn the television or radio to another channel or off, because someone else is enjoying it, but you can find something else to do in another room until whatever triggers you have past and you have control over your emotions again.

A mind is an elaborate machine that controls us physically and mentally. Scientifically it is the essence of our being.

— Marvin Minsky - The Emotion Machine
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Monica

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    • psycholady profile imageAUTHOR

      Monica 

      18 months ago from United States

      Hi Lori, Thank you for your kind visit. I am sorry to hear that you have battled with mental suffering too. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I am glad that the symptoms are under control for you now. WRAP sounds interesting, I would like to know more about it. I have not found a good therapy group yet where I live. The medications seem to be helping me to cope with my symptoms a little better. I love you too, and I feel your warmth and prayers for me, thank you so very much for them, I know it helps.

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      Lori Colbo 

      18 months ago from United States

      You write well on these issues and your transparency is an asset to your readers and takes courage. It's one thing to give information, it's another to give a personal testimony and make it more understandable and relatable. I am an HSP, I also have bipolar and PTSD although I have overcome the PTSD considerably. So although I don't have your specific symptoms, I know what mental suffering is and you have all my love and prayers, Monica. I don't mean pity or sympathy, I mean love, empathy, and being sisters in the battle. I mean that. You listed good means of self-care and I practice. I am 63 now and am in a pretty good place. Not symptom-free, but manageable. I've learned to read myself and be proactive in self-care and know when to seek help. I took a class called WRAP last year and it was one of the most helpful things I've ever done for treatment. It stands for Wellness Action Recover Plan. We learn what our normal is, identify signs when we are sliding downward, signs of crisis, then we make a plan. The idea is to nip things in bud by self-awareness and self-care.

      God is with you and He loves you very much.

      P.S. the videos and quotes were very good.

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