Human beings are emotional creatures. We convince ourselves that we are these intelligent, rational beings, but in reality, we’re not. Let’s face it, our emotions are what drives us in life.
So, it’s pretty normal for most people to have certain shifts in their moods. After all, you couldn’t blame someone for overreacting considering how hard and cruel this life sometimes is.
However, there is a big difference between having a casual mood swing every now and then and having horrible emotional outbursts all of the time.
According to psychologists, the latter is often a sign of emotional instability that a person displays. Therefore, analyzing the changes in this person’s behavior may be the only way to truly understand their mental condition.
If you’ve noticed that your partner is having terrible mood swings lately, here are 8 signs that they might actually be struggling with a more serious mental condition:
1. THEY MAKE ANGRY STATEMENTS
Beware of people who make mistakes, don’t take responsibilities for them and on top of that constantly make entitled and angry statements in which they always blame someone else for their wrongdoings.
Also, watch out for people who turn from ‘very kind and sweet’ to ‘terrifyingly angry’ in a few seconds. That is not a casual mood swing. It is a personality disorder that needs to be treated.
2. THEY COME FROM A DRAMATIC FAMILY
It’s truly hard to judge someone by analyzing their family, especially if it’s a loved one. However, when a person starts having mental breakdowns over nothing, and can’t seem to control their emotions on a daily basis, it is crucial to take a peek into their past.
If they were raised by emotionally unavailable parents who never gave them the love that they needed, the chances that they will ever develop those emotions themselves, are zero to none.
3. THEY FAIL TO DISPLAY EMPATHY
We’ve all been through the uncomfortable experience of feeling like hell and needing someone to support us by giving us a hug or saying something nice.
But when the person you thought would always be there doesn’t display empathy for your condition and starts talking about themselves instead, you have to ask yourself.
“Does this person care about me at all?”
4. THEY DON’T KEEP THEIR PROMISES
A good example of emotional stability is a person who stands behind what they’ve said and takes responsibility for their actions. That means respecting people’s time, showing up and keeping their promises.
5. THEY NEVER APOLOGIZE OR ADMIT THEY ARE WRONG
Emotionally unstable people never take responsibility for their actions. Unfortunately, they are never the ones who bear the burden of their consequences. People with this condition don’t admit when they’re wrong. They get away by blaming other people.
6. THEY DON’T ACCEPT CRITICISM OR ANY TYPE OF REMARK
People who are struggling to maintain good control over their emotions also fear criticism. In fact, being confronted about something is their greatest nightmare. This is usually a result of a painful emotional experience from their past.
If your partner is displaying signs of emotional instability, don’t ignore them. Help them open up and address their issues.
7. THEY RUN AWAY FROM THEIR PROBLEMS
Their minds are playing tricks on them. So, the more they avoid their issues and focus on something else, the better they feel in the moment.
However, we all know how it is. When a problem is left unsolved, it is likely to resurface sometime in the future and bite us on the ass when we least expect it.
8. THEY DON’T MANAGE THEIR MEDICAL CONDITIONS
If someone is not doing anything to better their health, that is a sign that this person is living inside a bubble and may not be completely aware of their condition. On the other hand, when someone has acknowledged their mental disorder and started taking actions to improve their condition, that is an indicator that this person is aware of their harmful behavior, but they are determined to manage their condition and work on themselves.
If you’ve noticed a certain harmful pattern in your partner’s behavior, don’t pretend as if nothing is wrong. Try to talk to them about it and find a way to help them get out of their nightmare.