Rapid changes in emotional states occur as a reaction to different stimuli such as personal circumstances and environmental factors. These mood swings can be a result of a physical or mental health condition, or for no reason at all.
Moodiness is considered normal in most individuals, but in some circumstances; it can be so severe that the quality of life of the person and their family is affected.
When rapid mood swings and mood shifts occur for no reason, or it affects the behaviour, relationships and well-being of the individual, the help of a professional psychologist or psychiatrist may be helpful.
The exact cause of mood swings is not well-known. However, it is believed that a person’s mood might be affected by the chemical reactions and imbalances in the brain. Mood can also be highly affected by lack of sleep, medications and other lifestyle factors. Any shifts in these may affect the stability of a person’s mood.
Individuals facing major life changes and other difficulties may experience changes in mood. Issues regarding identity, acceptance, and self-image may also contribute to emotional changes.
A person who is under a significant amount of stress might also have a greater chance of experiencing mood swings. When a person experiences high levels of stress, even a small negative occurrence might lead to abrupt shifts in mood.
A number of medical and psychiatric conditions may lead to mood swings such as:
Other related conditions may include:
Conditions that affect the flow of nutrients and oxygen to the brain, such as lung or cardiovascular diseases:
Note: Mood swings can often be treated. When they are not treated, they may contribute to suicidal ideation, thoughts of self-harm, risky behavior, or have other negative effects on health and well-being. If you feel this way, reach out to someone right away or call Hopeline at (02) 804-4673; 0917-5584673; and 2919 for Globe and TM subscribers.
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Mood swings can sometimes be managed with the following strategies:
There are circumstances when the help of mental health professional is needed. If you feel that you are in need of this type of intervention, reach out to or call 027380703. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most mood disturbances are associated with conditions such as depression and bipolar; these conditions can have debilitating effects on individuals. However, therapy can help individuals to cope with mood swings.
Mood swings can occur as a symptom of an underlying condition, it is best if a mental health professional in Makati diagnoses the underlying condition causing the mood swings.