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Mood regulation issues are serious conditions that affect many individuals in the general population. Even with its prevalent presence not much is commonly understood. Some people may become confused and think an individual suffering from mood regulation issues simply may be experiencing a bad day or be upset. But those that are suffering from these issues experience more extreme behaviors and find their social, school, and working lives impaired.

Individuals living with adolescents or young adults that suffer from mood regulation issues are often aware that something is wrong with the behavior of their loved-one or family member. It can be a difficult situation to be aware of someone suffering, and be powerless by not knowing what to do.


The most commonly used name today to describe mood regulation issues is Borderline Personality Disorder – or BPD – as defined in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR).

Borderline personality disorder (BDP) in young adults is characterized by extreme behaviors, alternating moods and sometimes, thoughts of suicide.

Many young adults suffering from borderline personality disorder experience extreme shifts in behavior when they are unable to tolerate negative emotions. Young adults react in many different ways; from uncontrollable anger and cutting to feelings of loneliness and the engagement in sexual intercourse.


The following are a few of the most commonly observed behaviors and traits of those that are suffering from mood regulation issues.

  • Alienation
  • Anger Depression
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Loathing
  • Sense of Entitlement


Young adults who are diagnosed with mood regulation issues often require some form of medication. However, this should not be thought of as being the only answer or solution. Many young adults are suggested to participate in some form of behavior therapy in addition to their medication.

Behavioral therapy often incorporates intensive individual and group therapy sessions. Individual therapy sessions focus on addressing a set of issues that are immediate and necessary, and other behaviors that disrupt healthy living.

Another form of treatment that promotes real and long-lasting change has been wilderness therapy programs. At Pacific Quest, young adults who join our program learn to have greater control over their emotions through individual and group therapy. The natural surroundings provide young adults a sense of calmness–through various challenges and experiences–and gain a sense of empowerment and self-confidence.

If you feel your young adults, or another individual, could benefit from the Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy Program or if you have a question about our therapeutic model, contact us at 808-937-5806 today.