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What are behavioral issues in adults?

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Regulating one’s emotions can be a hard thing to learn. We all have those times where we are just so angry it’s hard to control our actions–Or our mood range dramatically from elated to hopeless. Not only do mood swings create a negative experience for us, they can also impact our relationships with other people in our lives. These relationships range from personal with our significant other to professional with that frustrating customer. As personal beings, negative relationships with other people in our lives can lead to loneliness or difficulty advancing in our career. 

How might a difficulty like this be treated? It’s actually something we encounter quite often in psychiatry. As always, the first line in treating any mental health condition is therapy. Another consideration would be the source of the difficulty with one’s mood. Anger is a secondary emotion—often indicating underlying resentment or vulnerability. 

Some might say, “Oh, I didn’t know medication could help with that.” We have an entire class of medications called “mood stabilizers” that do exactly that—stabilize one’s mood. Starting a medication to stabilize one’s mood can be a relief for people who feel this is a roadblock in their path to happiness. Some examples of these mood stabilizers would be lamotrigine, Depakote, oxcarbazepine, or topiramate. They are often used in the short term, but are safe for long term use depending on what you and your mental health provider agree is best for you. 

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