Emotional instability

Inability to control the emotions or their expression, with the result that they fluctuate enormously. It is not good always to keep emotion under control, but under normal social conditions some restraint is necessary. In cases of severe fatigue, reduction of resistance by viral diseases, and glandular fever, hypertension and dementia the patient can burst into tears or a fit of rage over trivia, and then be laughing with others a little later. Associated phenomena are blushing, dizziness, nausea and bouts of heavy perspiration. Treatment depends on the actual cause.

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