What Causes Mood Swings?

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What Causes Mood Swings

Have you been feeling severe changes in your mood rapidly? It might be because you have mood swings. Mood swings can be alarming for people going through it and others around them. Mood swings are the result of many health problems, substance use problems, and hormonal changes.

If mood swings occur severely, they can cause problems in your relationships, jobs, and other activities.

The common question which arises is, what causes mood swings?

Different mental health problems contribute to mood swings, known as mood disorders. They include bipolar disorder, cyclothymic disorder, major depressive disorder, dysthymia, personality disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.

Bipolar disorder can cause your emotions from incredibly happy to incredibly sad. It can cause mood swings a few times a year. Cyclothymic disorder is similar to bipolar disorder, but the intensity of mood swings is lower than those correlated to bipolar disorder.

Dysthymia is a persistent form of depression that causes mood swings. Personality disorders cause abrupt changes in mood in a short span. Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder occurs in children when they show sudden outbursts not related to their developmental stage.  

Schizophrenia and ADHD also cause drastic mood changes in a person suffering from these disorders.

Hormonal imbalance also contributes to mood swings. When the brain’s functioning is affected by hormones, it causes rapid mood changes in people, especially in teens and pregnant women. When the body is developing during the menopause stage, and teenage years, it causes shifts in mood.

Substance abuse is one of the main reasons for mood swings. If you are a heavy user of drugs or alcohol, it would lead you to addiction and disrupt the chemistry of your brain and body, getting in the way of your life. It can be challenging for the person and his loved ones too. 

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Several other conditions like problems in the lungs, cardiovascular system, central nervous system, periods, and thyroid, add to mood swings. 

Stress can be a trigger for mood swings as well. If you are worried and constantly stressing over something, it can make you frustrated and cause severe mood swings.

A significant change in your life can also cause you mood swings. If you were not expecting something to happen and it occurs out of nowhere, it can be challenging for your emotions and cause your mood to go up and down.

Poor diet and irregular sleep schedules also cause mood swings. If you don’t sleep much, you will be frustrated the whole day and become unable to carry out the daily routine activities and face challenges that can cause mood swings.

Certain medications also cause changes in emotions. Especially birth control pills and acne treatment pills contain elements that cause depression, anxiety, and frustration.

There can be other reasons for mood swings too. So, if you are feeling highly rapid changes in your mood, it is better to consult with a doctor to avoid any dangers.

Do you or someone you know have mood swings? Let us know what you do when you go through this problem.

Until Next Time,

Team Doctor ASKY!