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how to handle mood swings?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
How severe?: We all have variability in our moods but if you have significant up's and down's - I would recommend starting with a psychological assessment.
Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Psychologist : Anybody with severe mood swings should be seen by a psychiatrist or psychologist for evaluation and treatment. Anybody with thoughts of harm to themselves or others should immediately call the one800 suicide hotline

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What to do if i can't handle the mood swings anymore?

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