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What Causes Mood Swings and What Can I do to Manage Them?

  • Posted at Oct 12, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
What Causes Mood Swings and What Can I do to Manage Them?

Mood swings are sudden and often severe changes in moods that can become debilitating to a person’s daily life and relationships. Identifying why you may be experiencing mood swings can help you better understand how to manage them. So, if you’re looking for ways to get control over the mood swings that you’re experiencing, it can be essential to start with educating yourself about what causes mood swings before you can dive into how you can better manage them.

What Causes Mood Swings?

If you’re experiencing mood swings, you understand the battle that they can wage over your life. You may wake up feeling fine and then suddenly feel anger or sadness for no apparent reason. Experiencing these mood swings can affect so many things in your life like your job, your relationships, and your personal responsibilities. There are a number of things that can contribute to the fact that a person is experiencing mood swings including:

Hormones – sometimes, mood swings are caused by an imbalance in hormones. This is common in women who are going through menopause or who have untreated and undiagnosed thyroid problems.

Stress – increased stress can play a part in developed mood swings. This is especially true in people who are living with an untreated anxiety disorder.

Medication Reactions – medications can come with all sorts of side effects. Some medications may lead to side effects including mood swings.

Diet Deficiency – our bodies need all sorts of minerals and vitamins to function properly. People who aren’t getting enough of certain foods that have the vitamins and minerals our brains need to manage moods may experience mood swings.

Addiction – people who are struggling with substance use disorder are at a higher risk for developing issues with mood swings.

Personality Disorders – one of the most common symptoms of personality disorders is mood swings.

Mood Disorders – mood disorders like bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders can all come with symptoms of mood swings.

Some Things You Can Do to Keep Your Mood Swings in Check

There are some things you can attempt in order to manage your mood swings. However, these things may depend on why your mood swings are occurring in the first place. Some of the things you can try in order to better manage mood swings include:

Getting enough sleep – if your mood swings are the result of increased sleep levels, it can be helpful to get more sleep. Sleep can help reduce stress and anxiety which can help with mood management.

Start focusing on your diet – if you believe that your mood swings are the result of a deficiency, start to focus on implementing more vitamins and minerals into your diet. You can also consider taking vitamins that help to better balance these deficiencies.

Set an exercise routine – physical exercise can help to promote better moods as it can help us to create and release endorphins which are hormones that can help with mood management. Furthermore, exercise can help us get better sleep, which can help improve mood, as it can tire the body out.

Getting Help for Mood Swings at Yellowbrick

Have you tried the above suggestions but are still dealing with uncontrollable mood swings? If so, your mood swings may be the result of a personality or mood disorder that may require treatment. There are successful treatments available that can help people who are struggling with the impacts of mood and personality disorders, including mood swings. If you are ready to get help, Yellowbrick is here for you. Find out more about how we can help by checking out our services on our website.

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