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What is a Mood Swing?
Mood swings, associated with a psychiatric diagnosis, fall under a category of mood disorders defined by one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels with or without one or more depressive episodes. In patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there are episodes of serious mood swings that alternate rapidly between depression and euphoria. This cycling of moods can last for days or even weeks.
Deep and prolonged mood swings are usually associated with psychiatric conditions, substance abuse, medication side effects, hormonal changes, chronic medical conditions, brain tumors, traumatic head injuries, or Meningitis (infection or inflammation of the sac around the brain and spinal cord).
However, it is normal to experience, from time to time, a wide range of negative emotions such as anger, irritability, fearfulness, and sadness. However, it is not normal for mood swings to become out of control and seriously affect our ability to function in our job, career, or personal relationships.
Mood swings can signal a serious medical problem. Failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage. After the underlying cause is diagnosed, a health care professional treatment plan can reduce the risk of potential complications.
Minor Mood Swings
Most minor mood swings can be the result of dealing with daily life stresses associated with aging and/or unexpected situations such as accidents. Mood swings can also be caused by hormonal changes that temporarily upset brain chemistry (adolescence) or permanent conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson, and diabetes associated with aging.
Hyperactivity/Inattentiveness may be observed in
individuals diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
If the mood swing is not associated with a mood disorder, treatments
are harder to assign.
Our bodies experience normal
hormonal changes and these changes have the potential to mess up the
way we think and feel at the moment. Pain and stressful situations can
also trigger mood swings in some individuals.
Sudden feelings of irritation, being uncomfortable, and/or emotionally empty usually signals that a mood swing is occurring,
Sometimes we feel bad, but the reason is difficult to diagnose so mood swings seem to occur without being associated with an identifiable reason. Our mind constantly communicates with the external world through our five senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Any of these inputs can affect your perception of reality and can cause a mood swing.
Every external input your mind receives can be a reminder of an unsolved problem or a traumatic incident that can cause a person's mood to quickly change. Shifts in moods can result from remembering a problem, that you have been ignoring. Instituting a plan to change behavior must also address any procrastination problems that prevent immediately taking action to solve problems.Mood Swings don't just happen!
A person is normally unaware of the subconscious process that triggers their mood swing. The mind receives a tremendous amount of information, but of the information it processes, a very small percentage actually rises to the level associated with conscious thoughts.
The subconscious mind may process information related to the cause of mood swings; however, the mood swing generally masks the root causes of the bad memories that spill over into our conscious.
There are warnings signs that usually precede a change in mood, depending on the person’s coping style, personality, and previous level of functioning. Following are some symptoms that you might identify with and compare yourself to:
How to Mitigate Sudden Mood Swings
An import action that can be taken is learning to monitor your thoughts. Monitoring your thoughts requires you identify your feelings and when they start to change even a little bit, search your thoughts to find out the possible root cause for this minor change.
Searching for the rot causes may be hard at the beginning; however, with practice you should be able to correctly identify the reason for any emotional change that you experience. Generally there are usually multiple thoughts that accumulate and are remain dormant, until the last one that triggers the mood swing. People may refer to this as the "straw that broke the camel's back."
Try to take notes about your thoughts so
you can try to find the links between
feelings and your thoughts throughout the day. This will seem like a
lot of effort, especially at the beginning. However, this will turn
into an automatic,
There are a variety of issues that cause mood swings in people of all ages. Whatever is the cause of a mood swing, it easier to prevent them from occurring, then to treat them after they occur!
Specific issues that are related to the
individual's age and gender may trigger a mood change:
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