What Mood Swing is

People’s mood changes frequently and it is considered normal- one minute you may be feeling happy and the other minute you can be in a bad mood or sad. But if you think that your mood changes rapidly on daily basis and it is affecting your life or your relationships – this may be a sign for the underlying condition.

Hormonal changes can also cause mood swings, or any other health condition can be a reason for a mood swing. The most serious cases of frequent mood swings indicate mental illness, which is known as bipolar disorder (manic depression) or cyclothymia, it is similar but less effective.

If your mood changes rapidly on regular bases, it is suggested to consult our GP for further advice.

Symptoms of Mood Swings

Frequent mood swings indicate the bipolar disorder, in which you experience regular going from extreme high to extreme lows for a few days of the week.

Symptoms of bipolar disorder include:

    • During a high or manic period, you might feel energetic, extremely happy, confident, excited and untouchable. You might get good sleep and also hear and see things that are not there. People in the manic period spends a lot of money they even do not have and also involve in risky behaviour.

    • During the low or depressive period, you will feel tearful, lacking in confidence, sad and may have suicidal thoughts.

People go through the period, where they have no depressive or manic symptoms. Moreover, how often symptoms are visible may vary fromperson to person.

When to Visit GP about the Mood Swings

The symptoms, which have a significant impact on your daily routine, so it is important to get them treated, untreated symptoms can make the situation worse.

Our doctors will ask about the symptoms you have, how often they occur and how long the symptoms last for. They will ask about your family's medical history and how these symptoms are affecting your daily life.

The doctor may want to ask about other conditions, as the problem of thyroid, before suggesting any specialist.

Treatment for Mood Swings

It is important to cure mood swings or bipolar disorders completely; there are variety of treatments that can assist in reducing and managing the amount of depressive and manic episodes the patient have, and will also help in dealing with its frequency.

A combination of therapy, self-help, and medication are generally recommended by doctors. Its aim is to control the mood swings and protect them from the condition that triggers the mood swing.

Changing the lifestyle can also help in dealing with the conditions like eating healthy, regular exercise, plenty of rest and a balanced diet.

Our suggested specialist will work with you closely in developing the treatment plan for you. It can be a case of trial and error before suggesting the kind of treatment that will work for you. The treatments may include:

    • medication for depression

    • medication for manic episodes

    • talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

    • a medication called mood stabilisers to prevent the mood swings from happening

    • hospital treatment - this is only usually recommended in severe situations or if you’re under the Mental Health Act

Causes of Mood Swings

Like many mental health illnesses, the root cause of bipolar disorder and mood swings are still unidentified.

Mood swings can occur at any stage of life and it can be a result of triggers such as intense or prolonged stress, trauma or major life events in childhood. Moreover, Bipolar disorder is more likely to occur in the early 20s and most cases of this disorder occur before age of 25.

Genetic factors also contribute to bipolar disorders, as this condition can run among families. Another factor that contributes to bipolar disorder can be the changes in the chemistry of brain.

How Mobi Doctor can help

With our online doctors, you can get a consultation from your home. Our doctors can easily comprehend the causes of your mood swing and the way they are affecting your routine and life. If needed, they will recommend you the specialist for further diagnosis and investigation. The specialist will make an effective treatment plan for you, to stop the conditions from affecting your day to day life.

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