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Mood Swings and 9 Essential Things for Controlling them

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Whether you suffer from mood swings as a result of a mental or health condition, or another factor, there are definitely certain things that can bring them on. These include stress, significant life changes, diet, sleep habits and medications.

Mood swings are defined as extreme or rapid changes in mood. Those who experience mood swings may be doing so as a symptom of a mood disorder like major depression or bipolar depression. Sometimes mood swings can be related to hormonal imbalances that occur as a result of premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, menopause or perimenopause. They can also be seen in those who suffer from schizophrenia, ADHD, dementia and thyroid conditions.

Having changes in mood from time to time is perfectly normal. However, if you are experiencing unpredictable behavior that lasts for a few days, it may interfere with your ability to function. Here are some symptoms that may alert you that you or a loved one should seek medical care for mood swings.

  • Uncontrollable urges to spend money, be confrontational or engage in other uncontrollable behaviors.
  • Feel like you want to hurt or kill yourself
  • Be unable to sleep, work, get out of bed or socialize.

A medical professional may be able to figure out what is causing your mood swings and figure out a way to control them.

There are many reasons you may be experiencing mood swings. These can include:

Mental Health Issues: These can include bipolar disorder, cyclothymic disorder, major depressive disorder, dysthymia and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, schizophrenia or ADHD. These can bring on prolonged depression or cause moods to go up and down.

Hormonal Conditions: Hormonal imbalance can affect the chemistry of the brain. Those that may be experiencing hormonal imbalance that results in mood swings include teens, pregnant women, and menopausal women.

Substance Abuse: Substance abuse can also affect the brain’s chemistry. It can lead to addiction which is a mental health condition that can bring on mood swings. Many programs are available to those suffering from addiction.

Other Health Conditions: These include conditions that affect your lungs, cardiovascular system and thyroid and central nervous system.

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Whether you suffer from mood swings as a result of a mental or health condition, or another factor, there are definitely certain things that can bring them on. These include stress, significant life changes, diet, sleep habits and medications. Being able to identify these factors and do your best to control them can be key in keeping mood swings minimal.

Other things that may be essential in controlling mood swings include:

Keeping a schedule

Exercising regularly

 

Getting enough sleep

 

Eating a healthy diet

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Practicing yoga or meditation

 

Avoiding stress

 

Finding a creative outlet

Finding someone to talk to like a friend, family member or counselor

 

Keep a journal to record mood swings in an attempt to figure out why they are happening and identifying triggers

Changes in mood and even mood swings can happen to anyone. However, if it is getting to a point where it is affecting your ability to function and maintain healthy relationships, it may be time to seek professional help. The good news is, mood swings are completely treatable, so don’t be afraid to ask for help and stop letting mood swings control your life.

 

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