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It’s normal for people’s moods to change, but if you find yours is rapidly shifting on a daily basis - this could might suggest an underlying psychological problem.

In the most serious cases, experiencing frequent and severe mood swings could indicate a condition known as bipolar disorder.

For people with bipolar disorder, mood swings can be so severe that they’re left unable to function properly.

If you’re having frequent or intense mood swings, it’s recommended you speak with a GP as soon as possible as these could be signs of bipolar.

Don’t delay getting help - our doctors can discuss your symptoms, determine whether or not these changes in mood are due to an underlying psychological issue and recommend the best course of treatment.

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What causes mood swings?

Like many psychological issues, the root cause of mood swings and bipolar disorder are unknown.

They can occur at any age and may come about as the result of a trigger - such as prolonged or intense stress, major life events or trauma.

Genetic factors are also thought to play a role, and changes in body chemistry can also contribute to their development.

No two people experience mood swings in exactly the same way - some may only have one or two episodes in their entire life, while others will struggle with the condition on a day-to-day basis.

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Treating mood swings

While it’s impossible to completely ‘cure’ mood swings or bipolar disorder, there are a range of treatments that can be used to manage the condition.

A combination of medication, therapy and self-help are usually recommended and aim to control the mood swings and equip those suffering from the condition with the power to notice the trigger signs and take action to deal with them.

There’s also a range of lifestyle changes that can be used to help control the condition - including regular exercise, eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting enough sleep.

Our GPs will be able to talk through your symptoms, determine what might be causing your mood swings and work with you to begin a course of treatment to help you control them.

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