Emotional Dysregulation is Not Always Pathological

Emotions are natural and necessary human responses

I was doing research for another article, trying to find a scientific definition of emotional dysregulation. Instead, what I found was a series of peer-reviewed sources pathologizing intense feelings.

It’s not our emotions that are extreme or inappropriate, it’s our behavioural responses to those emotions which can lead to trouble.

We all become dysregulated sometimes.

Our emotions are how we make sense of the events in our lives. Emotions help keep us safe, allow us to form connections with important people in our lives, and allow us to feel joy.

My originally-intended article is coming up soon, so stay tuned 🙂

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Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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