Mood Swinging
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Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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  • Serious and frequent shifts in mood

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About the Symptom

A mood disturbance can be any abnormal mood for that person, such as feelings of depression, anxiety, or panic-like symptoms.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Mood swings

Possible Causes

Generally, Mood swinging can be related to:

  • Bipolar Disorder

    A disorder marked by extreme and persistent shifts in mood that last for weeks to months, from periods of sustained depression to periods of elevated mood and euphoria. The precise cause is unclear, but genetic and environmental factors contribute.

  • Depression

    Depression is a mental illness that leads to low mood, reduced energy levels, and changes in sleep. This affects everyday activities like attending school and work. As the condition worsens, patients might have suicidal thoughts. Although stress and past trauma can cause depression, it can take time to identify and address causes, and genetic factors may also be at play.

  • Peri-/Post-Menopausal Symptoms

    Perimenopause refers to the transitional period leading up to menopause. It can begin several years before menopause and is characterized by hormonal fluctuations and irregular menstrual cycles. During this phase, women may experience symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and changes in libido. Post-menopausal symptoms refer to a range of physical and emotional changes experienced by women after they have gone through menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

  • Migraine
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Narcolepsy

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Mood swinging may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Heatstroke

    This is a life-threatening emergency where the person's body temperature is dangerously high and they display neurological abnormalities. This occurs when the body fails to regulate its temperature properly. It can be caused by the surrounding environment (heat, moisture) or internal factors (dehydration, strenuous exercise).

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Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you sometimes feel 'down' or 'high'?

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Charles Carlson, DO, MS

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Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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