What are Mood Changes
Mood changes, or “mood swings”, are sudden changes in a person mood. Some people refer to mood swings as ‘being on a rollercoaster’, due to the speed at which moods can change.
Mood changes can be caused by a number of mental health conditions or moos disorders.
Common causes for mood swings include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Depression, or major depressive disorder
- Persistent depressive disorder
- Anxiety, such as general anxiety disorder
- Personality disorders
Also, traumatic events, substance abuse, or hormonal changes can also cause mood swings in people.
The risk factors for triggering a mood swing are different for everyone, but common risk factors include:
- Sleep problems
- Substance abuse
- Certain medications
- Significant life events
Treatment for mood swings depends on the reason, and the person. Common treatments include lifestyle changes, medications, or therapies, but many will find the most benefit from a combination of treatment.
It may take a few tries to find the treatment(s) that works best for you, so speaking to a medical professional is the best bet. A trained professional is able to assess your mood swings, recommend the best treatment options for you, and monitor your progress.
When to See a Medical Doctor
Everyone has mood changes some time in their life. However, if your mood becomes unpredictable, and symptoms persist, speak to a medical professional.
Also, if your rapid changes in mood begin to negatively affect your everyday life, and those around you, speak to a doctor.