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Moods & Emotions

Mood Swings

Have you ever been guilty of mood swings?

I’m sure if I asked my family and friends they would tell me that I definitely have mood swings. If we are honest, we all have mood swings. 

I can be in a good mood and then one of my kids starts to disobey and I’m instantly frustrated. 

Or I can be discouraged and down in the dumps and then something good happens and it all turns around. 

I think mood swings are a normal part of life because we all have different things coming our way that are unexpected. And sometimes the unexpected causes our mood to swing from one thing to the next.

I mean sure, some people definitely tend to be more moody than others. For some people it takes a LOT to get them riled up or down in the dumps - their disposition is fairly steady and even keeled. Then there are people who are highly emotional and the slightest event can trigger them into a mood swing.

One of the big things to remember is that your emotions are valid but they can often lead you astray. Feelings are not facts - your feelings will often lie to you. That’s why we cannot make decisions based on feelings/moods/emotions alone. Otherwise we would make some incredibly poor decisions that we would be unhappy with down the road.

If you find that you are the type of person who has drastic mood swings, I would highly recommend that you work at making decisions while not in the height of any emotion.

Recommended Book

Mind Over Mood, Second Edition

Oct 14, 2015
ISBN: 9781462533695

Interesting Fact #1

Occasional mild-to-moderate mood swings are a normal part of life. They may be more common during certain times, for instance, when significant life changes take place, or hormonal fluctuations occur due to menstruation and pregnancy.


Interesting Fact #2

Intense, long lasting, or recurring mood swings can suggest an underlying issue. In these cases, it is best to see a healthcare provider. A doctor or mental health professional may diagnose these conditions and recommend a course of treatment.


Interesting Fact #3

A mood swing is a fast, significant change in mood. The "mood swing" phenomenon is a common concept used to describe rapidly and intensely fluctuating emotions.


Quote of the day

“Have you ever suddenly realized it's someone else's mood swing and you're just along for the ride?” ― Alex Bosworth

Article of the day - All About Mood Swings

A mood swing is simply a noticeable change in one’s mood or emotional state. Everybody has mood swings and they are a natural part of most people’s lives. We get happy, we get sad. We have a period of feeling on top of the world, and then later in the same day, we feel tired, lethargic and beaten down. Small mood swings are a part of most people’s lives.

However, some people’s mood swings are so extreme, rapid or serious, that they interfere with that individual’s functioning in everyday life. Bipolar disorder is the best example of a disorder that is characterized by mood swings — from manic to depressed. You can, however, have mood swings between any two moods or emotions, sad to angry, happy to contemplative, etc. etc.

What Can I Do About a Mood Swing?

People who are experiencing a mood swing that’s been going on for more than a few weeks and is seriously affecting their friendships, relationship, school work, etc. should consider seeking professional help for the issue. A professional can help accurately diagnose the problem, and prescribe a course of treatment to reduce the mood swings.

Mood swings are not a person’s fault, nor can time always heal this kind of issue on its own. Without help, often times people get worse instead of better. Mood swings can be so bad as to make it impossible for a person to go to class or work, or hang out with friends or your significant other. Denying one has mood swings, especially if others bring it to your attention, isn’t going to make things any better. Getting help for them can.

What About Less Serious Mood Swings?

Mood swings that aren’t linked to a specific disorder generally come and go as a natural part of a person’s life, or might be a part of a person’s personality. While mood swings haven’t been scientifically linked to many specific foods, drugs, or such, a common example is that of someone consuming a large amount of sugar (e.g., from cola or other beverages) and then coming down off of the “sugar high.”

The best way a person can identify their own mood swing triggers is to keep on the lookout for times when you’ve noticed your mood has changed significantly from what it was earlier in the day, and trace back your steps about what food, drinks or activities you may have engaged in. Tracking this pattern in a journal or online can help you identify things that may trigger or precede a possible mood swing, allowing you to avoid those triggers (such specific quantities of specific foods or beverages) in the future.


Question of the day - What is the worst decision that you have made that was based on your emotions or a mood swing?

Moods & Emotions

What is the worst decision that you have made that was based on your emotions or a mood swing?