Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Mood Swings Overview

What are mood swings?
A person with mood swings experiences extreme changes in mood, which usually alternates between sadness and happiness. Everyone experiences changes in mood, but a person with mood swings has persistent, extreme changes in mood. The most common causes of mood swings include pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, and personality disorders.

What are the symptoms of mood swings?
Symptoms that occur with mood swings include anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, hyperactivity, irritability, and inappropriate happiness.

How does the doctor treat mood swings?
Treatment for mood swings depends on the underlying cause. General treatment may include hormone replacement therapy for menopause, oral contraceptives for premenstrual syndrome, mental health counseling, and medication for depression or anxiety.

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