Mood swings can be normal, and are only an indicator of underlying disease when feelings become excessive, all-consuming and interfere with daily living.
It’s healthy to experience regular changes in mood. But how much is too much? We explain rapid shifts in mood and how they may be a symptom of a medical.
Many things can affect how your mood shifts throughout the day. For example, because of body rhythms, most people feel upbeat and energetic around noon but tend to have more negative feelings during the early afternoon or evening.
Sometimes, mood swings are a symptom of a mental illness. Or they could be a clue that something else is happening in your body.
Stress and Anxiety
Day-to-day hassles and unexpected surprises — both the good kind and the unpleasant ones — can definitely change your mood. And when you’re especially sensitive, you may react more strongly or more often to situations than other people.
Someone who is depressed may have mood swings, too. They’ll have their lows, then feel OK, but they won’t get the manic highs that someone with bipolar disorder would. Depressed people may feel worse in the morning and become more cheerful later in the day.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Mood swings, a hot temper, and easily getting frustrated can sometimes be symptoms of ADHD in adults. If you have it, you’re probably also restless, impulsive, and unable to focus.