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Posted by: SUE | 2010/03/01

EMOTIONALLY INTENSE

I have a friend who is going through a difficult time in her marriage.
She has started going to a psychologist for counselling and the doctor said she is ''emotionally intense''.
Is this a psychological condition? Or was it just a comment that was passed?
She is convinced that this is a recognised condition?

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"Emotionally intense" is not a tech niocal term norm any form of diagnosis. It's a comment. If she read through any of the thick and boring classifications of psych disorders, whe would not find the term at all.
Mind you, reading through such books is not always a good idea - she could be like the guy who read through a Home Medical Dictionary, and convinced himself he was suffering from everything in it, except for the Preface and the Index.
If she is really that concerned about this conversational term, she ought, of course, to discuss it with her psych until she is comforted and understands it properly. Her reaction, actually, is something of an illustration of what one might call emotional intensity.

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Posted by: Sue | 2010/03/01

Would she have a ''label?''
Intensely and fiercely defends or argues with people. If crossed, wipes people out of her life and will not have any dealings with them again, even family members.Cries in frustration at least three times a day.
Family members are nervous of her reaction to new subjects, because she may ''errupt'' one way or another.
Tasks that others find normal and part of everyday life, are an enormous big deal for her. (eg. having friends over for a meal)
She may regularly end up in tears, and or fighting with her husband who tries to help.
Smokes and drinks ferociously, as well as smokes dagga at least four times a day.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/03/01

"Emotionally intense" is not a tech niocal term norm any form of diagnosis. It's a comment. If she read through any of the thick and boring classifications of psych disorders, whe would not find the term at all.
Mind you, reading through such books is not always a good idea - she could be like the guy who read through a Home Medical Dictionary, and convinced himself he was suffering from everything in it, except for the Preface and the Index.
If she is really that concerned about this conversational term, she ought, of course, to discuss it with her psych until she is comforted and understands it properly. Her reaction, actually, is something of an illustration of what one might call emotional intensity.

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