Mood Swing

Mood swings refer to rapid changes in mood. The term may refer to minor daily mood changes or to significant mood changes as seen with mood disorders such as major depression or bipolar depression. It can also occur in women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

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Everyone has mood swings and they are a natural part of most people’s lives. We get happy, we get sad. We have a period of feeling on top of the world, and then later in the same day, we feel tired, lethargic and beaten down.

General moodiness is likely to be a part of everyone’s life, but in some circumstances, changes in mood may be severe and have an effect on health and daily function.

Extreme mood swings can be characteristic of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, and are a symptom of other mental illness including schizoaffective disorder and personality disorders.

Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, is a mood disorder which can cause your mood to swing from high (mania) to low (depression).

Symptoms of mania can be: increased energy, excitement, impulsive behaviour, increased belief in your own powers and agitation.  Also, symptoms of depression can be: lack of energy, feelings of worthlessness, low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.

Mood swings that aren’t linked to a specific disorder generally come and go as a natural part of a person’s life, or might be a part of a person’s personality.

Dealing with Mood Swings

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Get Active and Exercise Regularly

Exercise is like a magic bullet for lifting mood and energy levels and improving sleep.  Regular exercisers produce more feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins, which can reset your mood thermostat a few degrees higher.

Nutrition

Nutrition is considered to be a vital component to mood management. Getting enough nutrients and avoiding the consumption of large amounts of sugar, alcohol, and caffeine may help reduce the frequency of mood swings.

Sleep

This can help improve mood. Sleep deprivation, which can affect appetite and energy level, can also contribute to sadness irritability, and general lowness of mood.

Reduce Alcohol Intake

Alcohol may temporarily lift your low mood or relieve anxiety but in the long-term it’s one of the most common triggers for anxiety and depression. Stick to the healthy drinking limits and try to have regular alcohol-free days every week.

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