What’s the Best Way to Deal with Mood Swings?

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Sometimes mood swings are normal and are related to fatigue or body rhythms, but extreme ups and downs could also be a sign of a mental illness such as bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder.

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Can I Bring My Phone to Rehab?When you struggle with
extreme mood swings</a >, it can be hard on you and on those around you. You may feel like your days
are spent riding a roller coaster of unpredictability. What to do about your
mood swings depends on the cause and on whether they are disrupting your life
and the lives of those around you. Sometimes mood swings are normal and are
related to fatigue or body rhythms, but extreme ups and downs could also be a
sign of a mental illness such as
bipolar disorder</a >
or
borderline personality disorder</a >. Lifestyle changes may help mild fluctuation in mood, and a mental health
professional can help if you are having dramatic mood swings. If you have
already been
diagnosed with a mood disorder</a >, sudden mood swings can be a sign that a change is needed in your treatment
plan. For More Information About our Women’s Treatment Center
Call
(855) 409-0204  Now What can you do to get out of mood swings? While the answer
depends largely on what is causing them, techniques for dealing with stress may
help.

Causes of Mood Swings

There are many possible causes for mood swings. It’s normal to experience both
up and down moods from time to time. Causes for mood swings include:

  • Lack of sleep and fatigue
  • Stress from life events, which include both positive and negative life
    experiences
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Seasonal changes
  • Substance abuse

Mental Health Conditions That Can Cause Mood Swings

Intense mood swings can be a symptom of a variety of mental health conditions,
including
generalized anxiety disorder</a >,
depression</a >, bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder. An individual with
bipolar disorder experiences highs and lows that are much more intense than
those the average person experiences. When you have bipolar disorder, your mood
swings can last for hours, days or even weeks. Borderline personality disorder
causes frequent and intense mood swings, which can last a long time. These mood
swings may be triggered by minor events, causing the person’s mood to change
from calm to enraged or hopeless within minutes.

Coping with Stress

Ordinary life can be stressful at times, and some of life’s stressors and
disappointments can’t be avoided. The number and intensity of mood swings you
have may be reduced by learning coping skills for stress management. Examples of
coping skills include:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Visualization techniques
  • Aromatherapy
  • Going to bed at a regular time and relaxing before bed with soothing music
    or nature sounds
  • Avoiding alcohol, caffeine or any mood-altering substances
  • Committing to regular exercise
  • Keeping a journal to track your mood swings and what may have triggered
    them—Pay attention to what you eat and drink and how much sleep and exercise
    you are getting. Try to determine whether there may be a pattern

Treatment for Mental Health Conditions

If you have mood swings that are caused by mental health conditions, treatment
by a mental health professional can help to bring them under control.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is an important form of treatment for
helping you to recognize your triggers and learn the coping skills needed to
gain better control of your emotions. Examples of therapy that can help with
mood swings include:

Medication is an important part of a treatment plan for some mental health
conditions, such as bipolar disorder. If you have bipolar disorder, medications
such as mood stabilizers can help to keep your moods balanced. It sometimes
takes a period of trial and error to identify the medication that works best for
you, so it’s important to let your doctor know the frequency and severity of
your mood swings and how well your current treatment plan is working. Mood
swings aren’t something that you simply have to live with. By sticking with the
treatment plan recommended by your doctor and making healthy lifestyle changes,
it’s possible to reduce the number of mood swings that you experience and reduce
the intensity of the mood fluctuations that you do have. If you or a loved one
are struggling with a mental health concerns, please contact us at
(855) 409-0204 or submit the form
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