What are Mood Swings?
Mood swings are characterized by a drastic change in emotion from one side of the spectrum to the other. If one moment someone is contentedly going about their daily tasks, and the next moment is suddenly upset, irritated or downright hostile, they may suffer from mood swings.
It is completely normal to experience the wide range of negative emotions like anger, irritability, tearfulness and sadness that affect us all from time to time. But when out of control mood swings start to affect our ability to function properly in jobs or personal relationships, they become an issue worth addressing.
Who Suffers from Mood Swings?
Studies have shown that women experience mood swings twice as often as men. This is not surprising as many mood swings are the result of fluctuating hormone levels as occurs in premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy or post-partum stages. There are a number of causes for mood swings (that affect both men and women) and when the underlying cause is addressed, mood swings usually dissipate.
Although mood swings are the main characteristic of bipolar disorder, the two should not be confused. Mood swings are a fairly normal part of life but become troublesome when they become excessive and frequent. The violent mood swings associated with bipolar disorder are much more severe and generally need professional treatment.