Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.

Are Your Mood Changes Normal?

When you experience fluctuations in your mood, they may be normal reactions to the daily ebb and flow of your environment. However, more dramatic mood changes can signal that something deeper is affecting your physical, emotional, or mental health.

As a board-certified psychiatrist, Amr Beltagui, MD, specializes in diagnosing mood disorders and uncovering the real reason why you go quickly from happiness to sadness to anger. 

Here are some of the common causes of mood changes and what you can do to regain control of the wild fluctuations.

Common causes of mood changes

There are a variety of underlying factors that contribute to how you feel, think, and act. Some of the most common reasons why you may be experiencing mood changes include:

External factors

External factors describe what’s going on around you in your life. Your moods are influenced by the emotional stress and struggles that you might experience in different areas of your life:

Your relationships have a big impact on how you feel, and you may notice that you’re even strongly affected by other people’s moods.

Underlying illness

Chronic illness can play a major role in how you feel emotionally. You may feel angry, frustrated, and increasingly overwhelmed when you’re dealing with symptoms of a disease or disorder.

There are several diseases in particular that can cause major mood swings, including:

Any injury or condition affecting your brain can also put you at increased risk for depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

Even common conditions, like seasonal allergies, can cause symptoms serious enough to affect your mood. Having a stuffy nose and chronic coughing interferes with your quality of sleep, and poor sleep contributes to ongoing fatigue and frequent mood swings.

Nutritional deficiencies

If you’re not providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly, it can lead to fluctuations in your mood. It’s important that you eat a healthy diet to maintain stable blood sugar levels and limit the amount of caffeine you consume to reduce withdrawal-related mood changes.

If you have underlying digestive issues, like inflammatory bowel disease, you may be at increased risk for depression and other mood disorders because your body can’t properly absorb essential nutrients to function well. 

This can cause issues with depression, and dealing with the persistent symptoms of a digestive disease can cause anxiety.

Hormone imbalance

Mood changes may be a result of an imbalance in the hormones that regulate many of your body’s functions. For instance, imbalances in brain hormones that control moods can lead to conditions like bipolar disorder.

For women, a reduction in estrogen and other reproductive hormones can lead to mood swings and ongoing issues with depression or anxiety. Mood swings are a recognized symptom of both monthly periods and the transition to menopause, the time when periods stop for good.

Drug misuse or abuse

If you’re misusing or abusing over-the-counter or illegal drugs, it can trigger extreme changes in your mood that are increasingly difficult to control.

Mood swings are often brought on by withdrawals, brain changes, and the drama in your life surrounding your addiction or drug abuse issues.

Even medications you’re taking as directed, including antidepressants, can have side effects that influence your mood.

When to seek help for your mood changes

There is no wrong time to seek help for concerns you have about your health in general. 

However, if you notice that your mood swings are worsening or becoming uncontrollable, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Beltagui to ensure that you receive the diagnosis and treatment you need.

Some people with mood swings don’t even realize how they are changing until a loved one points it out. If friends and family are expressing concern about your moods, take time to listen and request an evaluation with Dr. Beltagui.

To help stabilize your moods, Dr. Beltagui tailors a treatment plan that includes psychotherapy and other treatments based on your unique needs. He continues working with you on strategies to enhance your overall quality of life based on the root cause of your mood issues.

You can request a diagnostic evaluation online or by calling Amr Beltagui, MDtoday.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Does Mental Illness Run in Families?

Is your risk higher for depression or another mental illness because your family members have it? Learn more about the factors that influence your mental health and how to start protecting it now.

Do I Have Anxiety, Depression, or Both?

Because anxiety and depression can affect you at the same time, it can be difficult to know which condition you have. Learn more about these common mental health conditions and how psychotherapy can help you take back your life.

Our Methods Can Help Transform Your Mental Health

Depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety are all common mental health disorders that can benefit from the right treatment. Learn more about these conditions and how to transform your mental health with customized psychiatric care.

Do Your Symptoms Mean You Have Bipolar Disorder?

The highs and lows of bipolar disorder make it a difficult condition to diagnose. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of bipolar disorder and find out more about treatment options for stabilizing your moods.

Psychiatry and COVID-19: What You Should Know

If you’re suffering from an existing psychiatric condition, the COVID-19 crisis may be making matters worse. Learn what you can do to protect your psychiatric health during this unprecedented time.

Positive and Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

The complex symptoms of schizophrenia have an effect on many aspects of your everyday life. Learn more about “positive” and “negative” symptoms, and how we can help restore stability and normalcy.