Emotional Reactivity Disorder
Impulsive behaviors with a majority of the following symptoms:
- Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
- A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
- Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)
- Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
- Significant mood swings with intense episodic emotional distress, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
- Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
- Excessive sensitivity to things happening around them in their environment.
- Unstable and intense relationships.
ERD can only be diagnosed by a trained mental health professional, such as a neuro psychiatrist. Family physicians and general practitioners are generally not trained or equipped to make this type of diagnosis.