Why is the Mood Changing all the Time and What to do About it?

Why is the Mood Changing all the Time and What to do About it?
Perhaps you are just tired. But sometimes mood spikes indicate a serious illness.

Changes in mood are uncomfortable and exhausting. Everything was just fine, and suddenly became bad — You wanted to cry, a feeling of anger and irritation appeared. This condition sometimes happens to everyone. But in order to understand how to get rid of it, you need to know the exact reason.

Stress

The condition of our body depends on well-being. When we experience a strong shock, cortisol, the stress hormone, begins to be produced intensively. This leads to fatigue, impaired sleep, and appetite, but even more, affects our behavior and mood.

What to do in this case? 
Try to calm down and relax. Breathe practice or meditation will help you to recover and normalize your mood quickly.

If it is not possible to conduct a full meditation, try to retire in a quiet place for a couple of minutes. Relax, focus on breathing and sensations in the body. Breathe smoothly and deeply. Clear your head of thoughts and images that calmness fills you.

Meditative practices help control mood.

Alcohol or drug use

If you abuse alcohol or take drugs, this can be the cause of mood swings. Psychoactive substances are addictive, and you may not notice this. Dependence leads to a loss of control over behavior and emotions, because of this the mood is constantly changing.

What to do in this case? 
It is difficult to get rid of addiction on your own. Therefore, the best solution is to have a treatment.

If you are taking drugs or alcohol but are not addictive, try to stop using it for at least a week. It turned out — that means there is no dependence. Well, if you failed, then it's time to go to the doctor. You can start with a psychologist or contact a narcologist right now.

When you get rid of the addiction, the mood will return to normal.

Pregnancy

  For pregnant women, mood swings are common, especially during the first 6–10 weeks. This period is also called the first trimester.

Tre cause is differences in physical stress, fatigue, changes in the level of hormones — estrogen and progesterone. These two hormones regulate the reproductive system of women. If the body produces too few of them, problems with mood and well-being begin.

What to do in this case? 
First, consult your gynecologist. Hormones are a serious thing. A lack of progesterone can lead to a miscarriage or premature birth. Therefore, it is necessary to undergo an examination and have a blood test to check the condition of the body. If the fears are confirmed, the doctor will prescribe treatment.

Secondly, sleep more, walk in the fresh air, eat well, try yoga and massage. In general, do everything in order to feel cheerful and not give yourself reasons for sadness.

Menopause

Studies show that during menopause, women are much more likely to experience anxiety, insomnia, symptoms of depression and mood changes. The reasons lie in the change in hormonal levels, lack of support in a difficult period, poor health. One factor is enough to affect the emotional state.

What to do in this case? 
Before starting treatment, it would be nice to know what caused the disorder. The gynecologist will help determine the exact cause.

If the differences are caused by a change in the hormonal background, this will correct the hormone therapy. And increased anxiety and symptoms of depression can be removed with antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs.

If the doctor did not find serious reasons, try to improve the quality of life. Avoid stress, observe sleep and rest, exercise, try meditation.

Mental disorders

A range of mental illnesses affects mood. These are the reasons that can cause swings:

Bipolar disorder
These are not just mood swings, but periods of maximum (mania) and minimum (depression). At first, you are overwhelmed with energy to such an extent that you are ready to roll mountains, and then suddenly you slide into the gloom. Depression is often accompanied by thoughts of suicide.

Cyclothymic disorder
Symptoms are the same as in bipolar disorder, but pass in a milder form. Instead of mania, hypomania is also an energetic upsurge, but much weaker. You can feel it like high spirits. Hypomania is replaced by mild depression, which usually does not lead to thoughts of suicide.

Borderline personality disorder
Mood swings last from a few hours to several days. Moreover, not only mood changes but also values, interests, worldview. People with this disorder cannot understand who they are and what role they play in this world. Therefore, rushing from side to side and fall into extremes.

Dysthymia
This is chronic depression, or, as doctors say, persistent depressive disorder. This condition can last for years and interfere with normal life. The emotional changes of patients are unusual: not from a good mood to bad, but from bad to terrible. That is, you constantly feel depressed, depressed, sad and tired. It's just that at some point these feelings are weaker, at some — stronger.

Mood dysregulation disorder
This diagnosis is usually given only to children. Tantrums, bouts of anger and irritability, sudden mood swings affect the child's academic performance and quality of life. To cope with the problem, you will have to meet a child psychologist.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Symptoms of ADHD appear in childhood but can persist in adolescence and adulthood. Inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are common symptoms of the disorder, in addition to mood changes. A person cannot focus on one thing, all the time jerks, rushing from one thing to another, and forgets important details.

What to do in this case? 
Of course, you cannot determine the disorder by changeable mood. Anyway, it’s better not to diagnose yourself. If you suspect something from the list, go urgently to a therapist.

In the case of a disorder, symptoms can be removed with the help of behavioral therapy, antipsychotics, sedatives, and other treatment methods that the doctor will prescribe.

Thyroid Disease

The thyroid gland regulates the production of hormones that control our mood. When the balance is disturbed in the body, it affects the chemistry of the brain and the psycho-emotional state changes. It doesn’t matter if too many or fewer hormones are released — this is equally bad.

Mood jumps are not the worst thing that can happen to us due to malfunctions of the thyroid gland. Hormones affect the reproductive system, body temperature, pressure and pulse, weight, growth, and development of the body, metabolism and much more. Just do not count. Imagine what damage hormonal disruption can cause if the whole organism is controlled by these substances.

By themselves, mood spikes do not yet speak of thyroid disease. But if along with them you found other signs of imbalance, this is an occasion to visit an endocrinologist.

Here are common symptoms:
  • sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • excessive sweating
  • high or low blood pressure
  • constant fatigue
  • intense thirst
  • swelling on the neck
  • insomnia
  • headache
  • hair loss
  • dry skin
  • menstrual irregularities — delays, heavy bleeding, severe pain
What to do in this case? 
Consult a doctor, take a blood test for hormones and undergo a course of treatment that the doctor will prescribe. There is no other way. Self-medication is not only useless but also dangerous.

Even such an insignificant symptom as mood swings can be a sign of serious disorders in the body. Do not ignore it.