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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.
As you might expect, the symptoms of mood swings can change fairly regularly. You may feel happy for a while and then experience spells of:
These symptoms are much more serious in people with bipolar disorder. This is characterised by alternating between spells of intense happiness (known as mania) and severe depression.
The pattern for this may be fairly regular, with a spell of 'normal' mood in the middle, while some people find they never experience this.
Some people with bipolar disorder experience more periods of mania than depression, while for others the opposite is true.
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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. These 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 are 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.
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.