If the above title hits home, then you are not alone. In routine clinical practice, I often get referrals that are primarily for mood swings and unstable emotions. With this, the common psychiatric condition that springs to most people’s mind is one of Bipolar Disorder. However, upon detailed assessments of mood, emotional regulation and other cognitive functions, quite often people are reassured that all mood swings do not necessarily equate to Bipolar Disorder. Adult ADHD can be mistaken and hence missed along with a Personality Disorder.
Some links here might help clarify Bipolar Disorder. But a comprehensive assessment of developmental history, mood symptoms, emotional instability by a trained professional is very important to arrive at a proper diagnosis, leading on to appropriate management.