Emotional symptoms include anger, see anxiety, try disgust, medical excitement, fear, happiness, joy and sadness, to name a few. Emotional symptoms can be positive or negative and can come from within you or be a reaction to your environment. Emotional changes can be normal, temporary responses to events; however, disproportionate, extreme, persistent or unstable emotional reactions may indicate an underlying disorder.
Emotional symptoms can cause legal or financial problems, relationship difficulties, and problems at home, school or work. They can be associated with aggression, agitation, feelings of emptiness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and loss of pleasure. Alternatively, feelings of enthusiasm, grandiosity and hopefulness may be present. Emotional symptoms can lead to inappropriate behaviours, substance abuse/misuse, increased accidents, poor judgment, self-harm, violence, and suicide.
Some emotional symptoms can also be related to medication side effects or chronic medical conditions. Medications and substances can directly affect the nervous system and thus can cause emotional symptoms.
Occasionally, emotional symptoms can have serious, even life-threatening, complications. Please seek immediate medical care (call 999) for serious injury; inability to care for yourself; or threatening, irrational or suicidal behaviour.
If your emotional symptoms are persistent, create problems, or cause you concern, seek prompt medical care.
For more information please refer to the section on ‘Individual Issues’ as listed.