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mood swings, happy to sad, what to do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Get checked out: By psychologist or psychiatrist. In the meantime - take good care of yourself. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga or exercise program.

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A 39-year-old male asked:

Have terrible mood swings, then i feeling happy and sad, very aggressive verbal, then acting like nothing happened ?

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Depression ; others: What you describe falls under irritability as well as impulsivity. The first is a cardinal and common symptom of depression and it fades away as depression gets worse. However , there are several other possible causes for these two symptoms but it is not possible to diagnose without a full medical/psychiatric evaluation, please see a dr. Treatment is available and is effective. Good luck.

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