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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I have had depression and anxiety for many years, and it is intense after childbirth. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a first-time mother and have had depression and anxiety throughout my life. I always knew that it would be hard to deal with post-partum depression, but the intense mood swings were not something I expected. My doctor suggested taking Escitalopram oxalate; before that, I was pre...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruhi Satija

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry to hear about your issue, and I can imagine how hard it must be for you. Having a newborn is a happy occasion but a very stressful one. And having a mental health issue alone makes it even more difficult. You have not mentioned when you restarted the medic...  Read Full »

I have had intense mood swings and depression for three years. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had severe mood swings for three years. I have zero concentration on anything and feel like I have two zones. Sometimes I am very happy, and other times I feel depressed and have suicidal thoughts. This affects my social life, and I cannot balance my emotions and mood. I am no...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruhi Satija

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. From your detailed history, what you are describing looks like depression. But, can you tell me what do you mean by being extremely happy? Sometimes some people get episodes of elated mood, and in that phase, they are ...  Read Full »

How to deal with my behavior change and mood swings due to major sleeping problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I have major sleeping problems where I do not get sleep at night sometimes until late or sometimes at all. I also have a lot of mood swings where I am really happy at times and the next second my mood switches. I feel very confused about my behavior and in general, I do not like interact...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruhi Satija

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am so sorry to hear about your situation, I can imagine how hard it must be for you. With the little information that I have, I think your sleep issues are just an external expression of underlying anxiety. It is the fear that is keeping you awake so to help you with y...  Read Full »

Please suggest some foods that help in menstrual cramps.

Query: Hello doctor, It would be very useful for women to know how to have a better period. For instance, are there foods that can lessen the bloat? Are there any techniques that can relieve cramps? Are there any approaches that can help with the anxiety and mood swings associated with our cycles? Please ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruhi Satija

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are a few things that you can try before the period starts, which would help to make it less painful and some which you can try during the period. When you are not having a period include physical exercise (at least 30 minutes) to increase the strength of your bo...  Read Full »

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