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Is manic depression just bad mood swings?

Is manic depression just bad mood swings?

No: Manic depression is a serious mental disorder which leads to more than mood swings. Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. * Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk ...Read more

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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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What is the difference between having hormonal mood swings and bipolar mood swings?

Your cycle: Hormonal mood swings typically occur the last 5-10 days of your menstral cycle and usually occur monthly. The mood swings that occur in bipolar disorder occur irrespective of where you are pin your cycle. ...Read more

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Do bipolar mood swings have variations in each extreme mood?

Yes: Not sure exactly what you are asking, but there are certainly variations in degree of symptoms between individuals and between episodes of the same individual. One thing we do know is that the more episodes you have, the more frequent they occur and the more severe they become. The more stable the mood over time, the better the prognosis. ...Read more

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Does social anxiety cause mood swings?

Does social anxiety cause mood swings?

Anything distressing: Can contribute to feeling depressed, especially if you can't find a way to relieve the distress. Learn to manage the anxiety with relaxation training and cognitive therapy by talking to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Can regular depression meds help stabilize bi polar mood swings?

Can regular depression meds help stabilize bi polar mood swings?

VERY DANGEROUS: No, they do not. They can actually send you right into a manic episode. ...Read more

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How come women have mood swings during PMS and menopause?

The mood swings: That may occur are related to hormonal changes in the woman's body. ...Read more

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How are depressive mood and depressive disorder different?

Mood vs disorder: We all have depressive mood from time to time. I.E. -my goldfish dies and i feel sad. However a major depressive disorder is a minumum of a two week period of feeling low which is associated with things like changes in sleep pattern or appetite. It can effect self esteem, motivation levels, ability to feel joy. One might feel helpless or hopeless or even have thoughts of suicide. ...Read more

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Could I have bipolar-like mood swings in borderline personality disorder. What are the mood swings like in bpd?

Often confused: They are very different conditions. Sometimes doctors (including psychiatrists) who don't really understand personality disorders mistake bpd for bipolar ii, because both involve labile mood (mood swings), and people with both conditions have depressive episodes. People with bpd do not have true manic or hypomanic episodes. Bpd is treated with psychotherapy, bipolar disorder with medication. ...Read more

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Do UTI cause mood swings?

Possibly: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder? Just mood swings?

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Bipolar: Not just mood swings. It is manic depression with at least two weeks of manic or depressive episodes, each with full criteria, sufficient to interfere with daily functioning & social interactions & self care. ...Read more

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How are mood disorder and premenstrual syndrome diagnosed?

How are mood disorder and premenstrual syndrome diagnosed?

Clinical interview: The diagnoses are made after consulting with your doctor. The mood symptoms in premenstrual disorders occur near the end of each monthly cycle. At other times, the individual feels normal. Mood disorder symptoms occur irrespective of where someone is in the menstrual cycle although depression symptoms can worsen premenstrually. ...Read more

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Tiredness headaches mood swings dizziness depression anxiety and inattention. What causes all my symptoms?

Tiredness headaches mood swings dizziness depression anxiety and inattention. What causes all my symptoms?

See below...: All the symptoms u describe are not uncommon with depressive disorders...Although more details are needed, to know for sure... I hope u are in psychotherapy working on the underlying emotional issues. I have seen many a client have their physical symptoms disappear as their depression lifted... Of course, a general physical work up with ur md is a good idea as well... Wishing you well! ...Read more

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How do you treat the emotional symptoms of graves disease? I experience irritability, nervousness, anxiety, depression, mood swings, agitation etc.

How do you treat the emotional symptoms of graves disease?
I experience irritability, nervousness, anxiety, depression, mood swings, agitation etc.

Therapy &/or meds: You may beenfit from therapy, as well as prescription medication to help with all your symptoms as described, which are unfortuantley common with thyroid disorders. Usually, as your graves condition itself is treated, the emotional aspects should hopefullly start to show some sings of improving too. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes mood swings due to pms?

What causes mood swings due to pms?

Not Clear: Some amount of mood change in the pre-menstrual period is normal. And changing hormone levels seem associated with mood swings (for instance around the time of menopause). How that works is not clear. It is clear that if you add a little bit of depression to the normal variability of mood, you can end up with really bad pms. Serotonin drugs given right then help. ...Read more

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What is a good mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, quickening of mood swings?

Options: Lithium, certain anticonvulsants (valproic acid, carbamazepine, lamotragine, ) and second generation antipsychotics (risperidone, quetiapine, Aripiprazole and others) meet the definitions of what may be considered a "mood stabilizer" and all can offer effective treatment. ...Read more

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7 month pregnant,suggest some solutions for mood swings and sleeplessness.

Seek evaluation: It is advisable to seek an evaluation with a mental health professional who specializes in pregnancy and postpartum depression. If you have Antepartum anxiety and/or depression (10-15% prevalence) it would be best to start treatment now to lower risk of postpartum depression and anxiety. Many ppl don't realize anxiety is often more common than depressed mood. If in IL, I can do virtual consult. ...Read more

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What causes mood swings due to pms?

Not Clear: Some amount of mood change in the pre-menstrual period is normal. And changing hormone levels seem associated with mood swings (for instance around the time of menopause). How that works is not clear. It is clear that if you add a little bit of depression to the normal variability of mood, you can end up with really bad pms. Serotonin drugs given right then help. ...Read more

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What should about my mood swings when i pms?

The best you can....: If it is really bad, see a doctor. If it's not that bad - eat well, sleep well, exercise and treat yourself nicely. Also, gently let people around you know that you're having a hard time for a few days and apologize for anything you might say or do that is unpleasant. Mindfulness meditation can be a good skill to learn in order to ease yourself through those days. ...Read more

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How come women have mood swings during PMS and menopause?

The mood swings: That may occur are related to hormonal changes in the woman's body. ...Read more

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I have really bad pms/mood swings a week or so before i start menstrating. Is there a natural way to fix me and my symptoms?

I have really bad pms/mood swings a week or so before i start menstrating. Is there a natural way to fix me and my symptoms?

Tips: Here are some things which may be helpful to avoid. Many livestock are administered hormones. These same hormones can show up when you are eating those meats. Although expensive, buying meats organically can help to avoid this. The saturated fat in red meats can elevate estrogen levels and should be avoided. Dairy products can be problematic for the same reason: saturated fats. ...Read more

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I have strong PMS mood swings. Does consult an Endocrinologist Dr help?

PMS Endocrinologist?: I have strong PMS mood swings. Does consult an Endocrinologist Dr help? ANS: I would start with an Internist. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the mood swings in menopause and PMS be prevented?

Probably not however: exercise can help. In addition, knowing what causes the mood swings can help cope with them better. Knowing PMS will pass makes it more tolerable. Menopause passes as well with time. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the mood swings and irritability of pms?

How can I reduce the mood swings and irritability of pms?

Multiple ideas: Some women benefit from antidepressants such as zoloft, prozac, and paxil (paroxetine). All need fresh, whole foods, consistent rest and exercise, and stress reduction. Some find relief through botanical medicines such as st. John's wort, black cohosh, and chasteberry, and nutrients such as evening primrose oil & magnesium. A trained classical homeopath may be able to prescribe helpfully for you, too. ...Read more

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What kind of herbal supplements are good for controlling PMS mood swings?

None: None of the "herbal" supplements have been studied scientifically, although there are occ. Small reports of some mild improvement. The problem is you don't know what's in the supplement no matter what it says on the label, you don't know how much to take, and you don't know if there's going to be an adverse reaction or an interaction with other medication. Don't get your medical info from internet. ...Read more

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My PMS is terrible, bad cramps, mood swings, is there any thing i can take to balance my hormones? What medications are often used, and what tests?

My PMS is terrible, bad cramps, mood swings, is there any thing i can take to balance my hormones? What medications are often used, and what tests?

PMS is terrible: Pms can be debilitating and there are options for treatment. The most effective means of controlling these symptoms involve suppression of ovulation with birth control pills, the NuvaRing or the depo shot. Also, some women beneft from ssri medications (like prozac) taken during the second half of your cycle. There are other options as well, but these are a good start! ...Read more

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Could you suggest good herbal remedies for bad PMS mood swings?

Many: Soy-based products are considered estrogen-like compounds and may help with some symptoms of pms. Also, if mood symptoms are the primary problem, exercise, the use of st. John's wort or same may be of help too. Lastly, there is some evidence behind the use of omega 3 fatty acids for mood too. ...Read more

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Been on the pill for almost a year. Why do I still get PMS? Not every month bt sometimes I get horrible mood swings a few days before my placebo pills

Evals needed: Someper-period symptoms - esp mood ones - can be unrelated to hormones. Consider a clinical psych eval for mood and maybe therapy. Also, a OBGYN eval may be useful. BC is not the only help out there. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I am thinking i may have pmdd. Are there any tests to confirm this, and if not, how can it be treated? I have very intense PMS symptoms. I have extreme mood swings, which i began to wonder if i was becoming depressed. I also have borderline violent ten

I am thinking i may have pmdd.  Are there any tests to confirm this, and if not, how can it be treated? I have very intense PMS symptoms.  I have extreme mood swings, which i began to wonder if i was becoming depressed.  I also have borderline violent ten

Very possibly: There are questionnaires, and scoring systems that can be helpful, but it sounds like you may have pmdd, so a visit with a doctor is very important, because there are treatments that can help. ...Read more

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Could eating less carbohydrate-rich food give you more mood swings during pms?

Could eating less carbohydrate-rich food give you more mood swings during pms?

USUALLY THE OPPOSITE: Typically you have more mood swings with carbohydrate rich foods like sweets due to the serotonin suge and also the glucose surge. To avoid pms you want to eat a healthy diet, avoid excessive carbs and sodium, and exercise regularly. If severe enough and you are a candidate you can consider speaking withob/gyn and get birth control pills to help regulate hormones. ...Read more

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Are PMS symptoms normal to have up to 10 days before I come on? I have the worst water retention, bloating, and mood swings. What can help?

Past history: Use your past menstrual cycles as a historical guide. If this always happens with each cycle then PMS is a possible cause. If this is a one time thing then PMS is not likely the cause. PMS can be managed with birth control methods. Sometimes antidepressants can be used during the 2nd half of the cycle to help control ...Read more

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Can evening primrose oil supplement actually help with mood swings/pms?

No, but: No, but it can be toxic. Why put stuff in your body when you don't know what it is or what it's supposed to do or how much to take -- or anything. Stop getting your health info from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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I've been very bloated, mood swings, having cramps that come and go for 2 week suppose to start my period next week.Could PMS occur 2weeks before period?

I've been very bloated, mood swings, having cramps that come and go for 2 week suppose to start my period next week.Could PMS occur 2weeks before period?

ACTUALLY YES : > (: Premenstrual symptoms can occur in three patterns: the classic week before your period, a spike at mid cycle when ovulation occurs and then again before your period, or all the way from mid cycle to your period. Has to do with the hormonal shifts from estrogen to progesterone. Keep a calendar and track the period over three months to see if a true pattern emerges. If serious enough lots of treatm. ...Read more

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I normally have severe pms. (cramping where i can't stand up straight, and really bad mood swings) why/how does Zoloft (sertraline) help with it so much?

I normally have severe pms. (cramping where i can't stand up straight, and really bad mood swings) why/how does Zoloft (sertraline) help with it so much?

SSRI: Inhibiting serotonin reuptake (that's what zoloft (sertraline) does) improves mood and relaxes smooth muscle, two prominent features of things going wrong in pms/pmdd. Since its predictable, using ssri just before the luteal phase of the cycle can dramatically improve symptoms of pms/pmdd. ...Read more

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When on my period, I have constant mood swings, depression, I understand "pms" but I feel this is a lot worse. Could I have pmdd?

When on my period, I have constant mood swings, depression, I understand "pms" but I feel this is a lot worse. Could I have pmdd?

That's still "pre-": Whatever, whenever it is - you seem to feel that it is linked to your menstrual cycle - right? This would mean that the other half+ of the month you are no more depressed or hi/lo than the next person - right? If so, take this to an OBGYN and be patient as they run lab tests, etc. If it's as I've asked, try to avoid psychotropics. Talk therapy might help w/ mgmt skills but chemicals may be a risk. ...Read more

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Pms (Definition)

Collection of emotional symptoms, with or without physical symptoms, related to the menstrual cycles. Common symptoms are irritability, tension & dysphoria, also insomnia, headaches, fatigue, mood swings, ...Read more


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Emotional Instability (Definition)

Emotional instability is a clinical finding in which a person's mood either varies significantly over time between various emotions or a person frequently experiences a strong emotion like ...Read more