I've worked with a lot of kids who've been profoundly effected by alcohol or substance abuse and addiction issues, first in their parents behaviour and most of the time eventually in their own behaviour, I've also experienced this first hand in a lot of family members too.
However, I've begun to think that its not simply a problem with alcohol or whatever the fix happens to be, even when these individuals are sober and free of any sort of intoxicification there's a really pronounced emotional reactivity. Has anyone else experienced this or would you agree or disagree from thinking or theorising on the topic?
It isnt simply a matter of being high or low in mood, it is more a tempestuous emotional state which does not well tolerate a lack of stimulation or unstimulated state, the whole pattern of cognitive-emotional responses to others or problem solving seems to lack perspective or proportionality.
This state of being I think is as problematic, if not more, than the reliance upon intoxication which could be considered symptomatic of it in the first place. What do you think?