Mood swing is a rapid or sudden changes in mood. It is normal to have your mood shift from low to high, and vice versa. It only becomes a problem when it becomes excessive as it can be an indication of an underlying medical condition.
If your mood frequently or regularly switches from extremely happy to extremely depressed, you need to see a doctor.
What conditions can cause mood shifts?
• Mental conditions such as; bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder (MDD), dysthymia, personality disorder.
• Hormonal conditions: Teens, pregnant women, or women going through Menopause, may show high mood swings due to hormonal changes.
• Substance abuse: Excessive alcohol use and drug use can lead to dependency (addiction) which can significantly interfere with your lifestyle, hence your mood.
• Other health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, conditions affecting your central nervous system, thyroid and lungs can cause significant shifts in mood.
Certain things can trigger mood swings, they include:
• Your diet
• Certain medications
• Your sleep habits
How are mood swings treated?
• Exercise regularly
• Get sufficient sleep
• Practice relaxation by engaging in calming practices like yoga or meditation.
• Learn to avoid, manage, and relieve stress.
• Find someone to talk to
Mood swings are normal, just as experiencing a range of emotions is part of life.
Mood swings that change your behavior and impact negatively on your life, and or those around you should be taken seriously.
Note: It will be helpful to note when you have mood swings, and what you were doing before it happened.