What is emotional intensity and how can it be treated?

Emotional Intensity refers to having rapidly changing, overwhelming moods marked by emotional extremes such as feeling upset or angry. This can affect one’s ability to manage or cope, often leading to relationship problems, impulsive decisions, or self-harm.


Individuals experiencing Emotional Intensity may feel empty and unsure of who they are. They may often worry about abandonment, sometimes going to extremes to keep someone from leaving. Emotional Intensity is often a feature of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).


Talk to your family physician about the changes you’ve been going through. Your physician can help diagnose your condition, rule out medical causes, determine if time away from work or other activities is needed, and refer you for help.

Dr. Cook will be able to tell you if your presenting problems seem to be related to emotional intensity, and what treatments he has to address them. Treatment typically consists of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or a next generation version of CBT called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  These approaches work to identify issues and adapt unhelpful thinking and behaviour. Dr. Cook will guide you through the treatment that seems best suited to you.

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