Mood Changes

Mood Changes

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.

Risk Factors

The risk factors for triggering a mood swing are different for everyone, but common risk factors include:

  • Stress
  • Diet
  • 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.