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how come i have mood swings?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Mood swings: Depends. There are many types of mood swings and many conditions that have mood swings as a symptom. If you are having mood swings, it would help you to discuss this with your doctor to find out the cause and if necessary give you treatment to help you.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
A variety of things: Can cause mood swings. Family problems, financial meltdowns, significant health challenges, educational plans going off track can all be a stimulus for the mood swings. More seriously it could be some form of bipolar disorder where mood swings are always a part of the disorder. That, and sleep problems and chronic agitation are part of almost every type of bipolar disorder.

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Why do I have constant mood swings?

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Dr. Marilyn Vache
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Diagnosis?: So many possible reasons: do you have the right diagnosis -- a medical condition like hormone imbalance, diabetes or hypoglycemia? A psychiatric problem like bipolar, borderline, anxiety, ptsd, drugs/alcohol? A lack of education or role models for coping strategies? Insomnia? You need providers you like and trust to help you sort these all out. Best wishes!
A 36-year-old member asked:

Any over-the-counter drug that I could get for mood swings?

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How to lessen one's mood swings off meds?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Why off meds?: Practice good coping skills and self care. Exercise can help with depressed mood and sleep is critical to keeping mood stable. Utilize psychotherapy - cbt in particular has been shown to be effective with the treatment of mood disorders. If you were previously on medications for mood stabilization i would want to know why you are now off them and are you under a doctors care?

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