Q. I have hourly mood swings. Is this normal in depression?

Answered by
Dr. Parth Nagda
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 27, 2020
I have been having hourly mood swings [ somtimes 10-20 minutes ] Im not sure i will be fine then im sad lke super sad and then i have this burst of energy . I cant even get out of bed . Is this normal for depression?
I have been diagnosed with these:
dermatillomania.
Anxitey
Depression with psychosis
PTSD

Dr. Parth Nagda

Psychiatry
# Hello. what are your symptoms exactly?
If they are of depression, then the treatment with an SSRI is ideally given for 6 months or so.

Basically if you are depressed, you will feel irritable, low, feel like crying, sad, don’t wish to eat , have difficulty sleep, there can be anxiety, tiredness, headaches etc.
In bipolar illness, there will be a period of these depressive symptoms and then after a period of normalcy, the reverse happens.
That is, you feel unusually happy for no reason, there are episodes of spending money excessively on things which u don’t need, or maybe excessive use of alcohol, other illicit drugs, sex, irritable behavior, decreased need for sleep and still feeling fresh, grandiose talks and ideas, many non-goal directed activities etc.
So if you haven’t had the manic/hypomanic phase ,then you probably suffered from major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder

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