Main Causes Of Mood Swings.
Mood swings can be quite distressing for many women, and some of us have a tendency to experience them more than others. But our hormones aren’t always to blame. There are many causes of mood swings. Here are the 5 most likely:
1. Stress and Anxiety
People deal with stress in various ways. Some handle it better than others. When we have a lot on our plate – conflict with our spouse, children acting out, financial struggles, difficult co-workers or family members, or whatever else, sometimes it gets to be too much and we can break down.
Not everyone with depression expresses sadness. Some depressed people become angry or agitated instead. You may not realize that your mood swings are actually a symptom of depression.
3. Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is thought to be underestimated in the U.S. because patients often seek help from a doctor when they are depressed, but not when their mood is on the opposite extreme – manic. When in the manic phase, patients have so much energy that they often lack the need for sleep, overspend their finances, become promiscuous, or do overly ambitious things like paint the entire house in one day. Some patients can flip flop between the two extremes.
4. Lack of Sleep
Sleep is super important. Those who don’t sleep well often become irritable and find it more difficult to deal with life stressors.
5. Drugs and Alcohol
Alcohol and illicit drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamines, can bring on a high. But what goes up must eventually come down. Not only are drugs bad for our physical health, they do a number on our mental health as well.
6. Caffeine and Sugar
Most people can handle caffeine well at 1-2 cups a day; but not all. Caffeine at an excess, or for some people any at all, can make you jittery, bring on heart palpitations, and influence mood. The same goes for sugar. It may give you great energy at first, but when sugar wears off, we tend to crash and deplete our energy stores, and hence, our mood dips.
8. Menopause and Perimenopause
Estrogen withdrawal can steal our mojo, too. When estrogen levels drop, women just don’t feel well. I often hear women complain of mood swings, depression, and anxiety when they are experiencing this phase of their life.
Source: Psychology Today