Inability to Regulate Emotions: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

The inability to regulate emotions can be a feature of psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and other mental-health conditions. People suffering from psychosis may have an altered perception of reality that may affect their regulation of emotions, and those suffering from bipolar disorder or depression may also report a loss of control over their emotions. Problems controlling emotions can also occur in relation to brain damage or disorders. These symptoms can be accompanied by other psychiatric symptoms or physical symptoms if they are related to a medical condition. The inability to regulate emotions is common in young children, but when present to an extreme degree, it may indicate an abnormality such as an emotional or behavior disorder.

Other causes of inability to regulate emotions

  • Brain Trauma
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Cyclothymia
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Drug-Induced Psychosis

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.