Emotional Impulsive Disorder – EID

This mental (or personality) disorder is based on several sources including “Stop Walking On Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back” and ‘The Unquiet Mind’.  This article uses EID to re-label and re-organize BPD, because the abv. BP could be confused with Bi-Polar, and the original 9 criteria are repetitive and confusing.




mood shifts (manic-depressive more frequently than bipolar), overwhelming anxiety, unpredictable impulsive actions, frustratingly poor decisions, perplexing behaviors, control issues, manipulative tendencies, “party” or “player” relationship attitude, overly distrusting, delusions, paralyzingly sensitivity to surroundings, behaving irrationally, having a chaotic life.

People with this intense emotional and impulsive disorder need to take responsibility for their own behavior, but often simply cannot no matter how much they try or say they want to. Codependent friends and relatives need to define and keep their boundaries, to limit enabling wrong behaviors.

Emotional Roller-coaster: what it is like having EID.

  1. feel more intensely emotional ups and downs

  2. act more extreme because of over-whelming emotions

  3. difficulty regulating emotion and behavior – mental & physical chaos

Most people have all the same types of thoughts and almost all the feelings as EID, but the line is drawn at the frequency and intensity of irrational EID behaviors. As with addicts, it is intense destructive behavior that tends to demand diagnosis.

EID cannot be changed through force, because they will always tend to rebel against any authority (even role-models that they chose), just as they rebel against self-control. EID uses their will-power to resist addressing stresses that most people use their will-power to address on a regular basis. EID resistance and avoidance ironically creates more stress for them, if not immediately, then later. Many of these symptoms are also used as coping mechanisms, and so they are very difficult to change. Everyone is different, and a mental diagnosis does not explain everything.

In dealing with EID it is not only important to explore possible CAUSES of actions, but it is vital to realize the RESULTS of actions; because EID actions often have very sad consequences. By assessing the results of behaviors, we can set limits.

EID Criteria  (Diagnosis should be dependent on meeting all 8 symptoms)

1.  Isolation – intense fear of abandonment or feeling alone, depressive tendencies

2.  Emptiness – intense apathy, lack of self-esteem, psychosis tendencies

3.  Self-Destructive / Suicidal Behavior – psychotic including dangerous life-threatening addictions

4.  Impulsive / Unstable Moods – paralyzing stress and anxiety from a range of intense emotions always changing back-and-forth within minutes or hours in a day.

5.  Impulsive / Unstable Regulation – intense anger resulting from moods

6.  Impulsive / Unstable Relationships – refusal or inability to take responsibility for their own actions regarding other beings

7.  Impulsive / Unstable Identity – social chameleon w/ schizo-breaks, no clear ‘self’

8.  Delusions – re-occurring irrational paranoia, or intense dis-associative attitude

Recovery is possible but not probable. Combined therapy and medication will improve cases.

Psychotherapy Psychotherapy is the core treatment for borderline personality disorder. Two types of psychotherapy that have been found effective are:

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT was designed specifically to treat borderline personality disorder. Generally done through individual, group and phone counseling, DBT uses a skills-based approach to teach you how to regulate your emotions, tolerate distress and improve relationships.
  • Transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP). TFP centers on the relationship between you and your therapist — helping you understand the emotions and difficulties that develop in that relationship. You can then use what you have learned in other relationships.

Medications Medications can’t cure borderline personality disorder, but they can help associated problems, such as depression, impulsivity and anxiety. Medications may include antidepressant, anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications.

Emotional Spectrum Chart – mammals have complex combinations daily. It is difficult dealing with anyone who has EID, because many of us have some of the symptoms, but not all of them so intensely; so their moods affect ours, and vice versa, which tends to make things worse, as even our positive moods may not affect them in a good way.

Emotion Chart


5 Responses to “Emotional Impulsive Disorder – EID”

  1. isn’t it funny when you read ANY article you’re like….Hey that’s sooo me! Now I’m depressed, EID, bi polar…..etc. I think it’s all should be categorized as “being a human”.

    • Yes i know what you mean Time Kids. I am the same way, i am a slight psychological hypocondriac too… and yes for the good reason that we are human with emotions, and we want to be self-aware. However the labels are an attempt to understand people that have certain traits more intensly than others. While intensity is subjective, and behavior can hinge on semantics, i still find socratic dialogue on these subject theraputic among friends. That is why i wrote my article more severe than the books say; im suggesting diagnosis should henge on all 8 of the symptoms, and i tried to divide them and list them better too.

  2. growingtogehter Says:

    less drugs more healthy life styles!
    now i got a song stuck in my head; anything you can do i can do better.
    depression- grow a garden, the pay off is far better than popping a pill and takes only a few more mins a day depending on the size. you’ll eat healthier and thus feel better, you’ll be able to say proudly “i did that!” pride and depression don’t work together, lol. not to mention just being outside doing something useful helps people feel better. i can go on and on about this.
    impulsivity- pull weeds, lol and when you pull out half your plants you’ll find that you can just put them back while thinking about how silly that was to act impulsive. call a friend before you jump tends to work better than any pill.
    anxiety- chill out in your garden and see the fact that you have food so there’s nothing worth worrying about. again friends are far better at helping than pills.
    i’m thinking if we all just took a few mins to talk to the other humans we share this earth with we’d stop labeling everyone sick and just might start to fix the real underlining issues, rather than covering them with ABC labels and pills.

    • i agree with the idea of gardening as therapy; in fact i use it in my life…. the thing is some people are really sick… the label is a way to explain to people what your issues are, i think it is better than ignoring behaviors that are damaging….you have to understand, im not talking about petty little moods … the labels are for life destroying conditions …for example, many people i know with severe psychological conditions will not garden for any length of time. its sad but true… where as people like us are able to garden as much as we want and use it to our advantage… others are not able to see or even feel the benefit because they will not even try… same thing goes with hobbies.

      • Also… SCOD encourages people to seek alternatives from the mainstream, to use whatever method works best for what ever problems they feel that they have. As Dr. Seuss said “A person’s a person, no matter what size.” Everyone matters, and can make a difference in the World.

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