Mental health and its concerns are the most misunderstood terms of our time. They are also feared and stigmatised by society due to lack of knowledge and research. But the truth is that mental health issues are more common than we realise.
To understand these mental illness issues, one needs to understand one basic thing that triggers such disorders: Mood Swings!
What are Mood Swings?
A mood swing is an extreme or rapid change in mood. Such mood swings can play a positive part in promoting problem solving and in producing flexible forward planning. However, when mood swings are so strong that they are disruptive, they may be the main part of a bipolar disorder.
What Causes Mood Swings?
1. Stress: Stress isn't always bad. In an ideal scenario, stress helps us stay focused, energetic and alert and charges us by releasing chemicals that give added strength and energy. Stress helps you meet your deadlines, sharpens your concentration when you're competing. But when stress becomes overwhelming, it can damage your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships and your quality of life.
What does stress do to the body?
Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, speed up the aging process and leave you vulnerable to mental and emotional problems.
Causes of stress:
There's no one-size-fits-all approach to why we get stressed. Each of us reacts differently to situations, and the causes of stress range from external factors like family, career, etc. to our attitude towards life such as negativity and pessimism.
2. Anxiety: Anxiety is that feeling of fear, worry or nervousness you experience when you're about to do something challenging or take a life changing decision. Everybody experiences anxiety, it is a completely normal experience. If you're feeling anxious frequently, and it's getting in the way of your sleep or your daily life, you're experiencing severe anxiety.
Know more about anxiety.
3. Depression: Depression is not simply feeling low or sad. It is a genuine mental health concern that is triggered off by several causes that you can be fraught with in your lifetime. What sets it apart from sadness is that the latter is a brief bout of melancholy while depression will persist for at least 2 weeks. The severity of depression lies in the fact that it robs you of the simple inertia to function or in simple words act. This phase can be extreme and painful but it is not impossible to overcome. Help is available and with a little effort you can banish depression from your life.
-Severe distraction, trouble in recalling details and making decisions
-Insomnia, early morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
-Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
-Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
-Overeating/ weight gain and appetite/ weight loss
-Irritability and restlessness
-Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
-Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
4. Lack of Sleep: Sleep is super important. Those who don't sleep well often become irritable and find it more difficult to deal with life stressors.
5. Drugs and Alcohol: Alcohol and illicit drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamines, can bring on a high. But what goes up must eventually come down. Not only are drugs bad for our physical health, they do a number on our mental health as well.
If you are worried about how serious your mood swings are, please make an appointment to consult a Specialist.