Mood Swings

Mood swing causes abrupt mood changes. It can occur due to hormonal changes, mental health conditions, and substance use. Other reasons to have mood swings are stress, medications, and disturbance in sleeping habits. Extreme mood swings are seen in conditions of bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, dysthymia, and personality disorder. It is also commonly seen in women with premenstrual syndrome. It is managed by doing exercise regularly, having an adequate sleep, and following relaxation techniques.

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How can I manage my mental issues, chronic nerve pain, headache, fatigue, and mood swings?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had mental issues, and chronic nerve pain five years after knee surgery. I underwent treatment for nerve pain, but the pain did not subside. I took a neuropathic painkiller, but it had side effects. I have been experiencing difficulty in sleeping for the past year. I have mood sw...  Read Full »

Dr. Siva Anoop Yella

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to the symptoms you have mentioned, it looks like you are suffering from insomnia, due to which you have symptoms of depression too. I suggest you take the tablet Pregabalin (consult a specialist doctor, talk with him or her, and take medications with their...  Read Full »

I have erratic mood swings that keep alternating between feeling hyperactive and feeling low with suicidal thoughts. How to overcome this?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 14-year-old (turning 15 in six months) girl who is 155 centimeters (5'1") tall and weigh 101 pounds (46 kg). Ever since my early childhood, I have been experiencing rapid, intense mood swings that last from a couple of days to two weeks. During these days I am "high," people have n...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for contacting us. I can understand your situation. You may have a major depressive disorder with a borderline personality disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it. I suggest you try the below-mentioned guidelines to deal with it. 1. Exercise ...  Read Full »

My wife has side effects of Lamictal, which was prescribed for depression and anxiety. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My wife has mood swings all the time. She was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and was prescribed the medication Lamictal. Now she is facing the side effects of the medications. Does she require a change of medications? The doctor who we consulted said that it would be fine over ti...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. She may have mixed anxiety and depressive disorder. Better assessments can be done if you tell me the side effects of her medications. There is non-pharmacological management for her anxiety or depression, and I suggest she follow the below...  Read Full »

What kind of yoga and meditation should I practice for better concentration and mood swings?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having mood swings and a lack of concentration in my studies. My parents ask me to do meditation, yoga, and breathing techniques to increase my concentration. Will these help me improve my studies and concentration? For how many minutes should I do meditation? What type of breathi...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you do meditation for five minutes three times a day. Do yoga and pranayam in the morning for 40 minutes. It will improve your physical and mental health. It will help to increase memory also. You can take almonds and walnuts regularly. Please learn yoga an...  Read Full »

I get mood swings a week before my periods. How to overcome this?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old female. I am having mood swings, especially during my periods. The mood swings start one week before my periods and in case the periods get delayed, they last till the first day of my periods. These are highly affecting my personal life. I have PCOD too so I have irr...  Read Full »

Dr. Anjali Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From what you have mentioned, you are having PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). During menstruation, a lot of hormonal changes occur in a female body. These changes can alter the amount of neurotransmitters like serotonin in the brain, which causes mood swings. ...  Read Full »

I am extremely happy at one time and sad at another. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I think I might have anger issues. Sometimes, I am extremely happy and then the anger just takes control. It is not always bad. Sometimes I get so happy and I have more energy to do things and I am more social than ever, which is weird because I am homeschooled because of my social anxiety...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to may have a borderline personality disorder. It is a type of personality or nature. You may have a chronic feeling of emptiness, emotional outbursts, self-harming behavior, and overwhelming behavior. You mostly feel that no one understands you in this world. You may have...  Read Full »

My son has mood swings, and his memory declined after ETV. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,My son had ETV two years ago, starting with hydrocephalus and having a rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor. He recently had a CT scan which showed signs of hydrocephalus again, and then he had an MRI, which has come back clear, but I am confused as before his surgery, he would fall, and he ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello,Welcome to His symptoms (the cognitive decline) suggest hydrocephalus, which could be related to ETS (endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy) blockage, which is a common complication of this device. A new surgery may be needed to put a new ETV (endoscopic third ventriculostomy) in such...  Read Full »

What to do with my gut problems that I have been facing for seven long years?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 24-year-old male with 138 lbs (63 kg) weight and 6'1 ft (185 cm) height. I have had gut problems for over seven years. I usually have constipation and feel like my intestines are wrinkled, unable to let anything pass. The area around my groin (lower part, not my stomach) stays bl...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. I want to tell you that your symptoms fit into the diagnosis of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Your frequent mood swings also correlate well with IBS, as the gut-brain axis plays a significant role. I would suggest treatment for IBS, and I am ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my delayed periods and frequent mood swings?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20 year old female. I had my last period two months back, and since then, I only had little spotting last month. I am facing a bad phase due to horrible mood swings. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please answer the following questions: Are there any chances of pregnancy? Have you changed your diet, doing more exercise or under stress? Have you ever got your thyroid tested? Do you have any other medical history that I should be aware of? Revert with more informat...  Read Full »

Are my hot flashes and mood swings related to my history of arthritis, migraines and smoking?

Query: Hi doctor,I am in my mid-twenties. For the past week, I have been experiencing hot flashes and recently mood swings too.I am also in my fertile window.I had one pregnancy with an emergency cesarian section.I also have a history of migraines and I have been diagnosed with arthritis.I am also a smoker...  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern.With a history of arthritis, did you previously have a miscarriage?Have you visited an immunologist before?If you have not then, I suggest consulting an immunologist in person.With arthritis, the symptoms of hot flashes can be associated wit...  Read Full »

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