Do you often get irritated for almost no reason? Or suddenly feel sad without knowing why? Don’t worry you are not alone facing such issues. Nowadays, the feeling of being on an emotional roller coaster is very common. In scientific terms, we call this condition as “mood swings”. But is this condition normal? It ‘maybe’ normal—as long as it won’t disturb your life or lives of people around you.
Mood swings aren’t exactly referred as a mental disorder or illness. So, what are they and why do they occur? When your emotions go out of control you might go through a series of mood alterations. You might start to feel an absence of regulation in your feelings and in the state of your mind.
Human beings are not creatures of logic but are creatures full of emotions. According to science, the regulation and control of our sentiments is carried out by the limbic system which is a part of our brain. This part handles the expression, regulation, and controls our feelings.
You may feel grumpy for a moment and joyful the next
When your mood suddenly starts altering from sadness to annoyance to joy, you start feeling as though you are losing hold over your emotions. Mood swings can amaze anyone who witnesses them. Overstressing an otherwise normal comment or joke, or crying uncontrollably on very silly situation are signs worth noticing.
When it’s more than just a mood!
People wrongly consider depression as a feeling of sadness, but depression is something that can make you moody, impatient, angry, or least bothered. Getting extremely irritated very often or being short-tempered are signs of depressions. Not only this, even the feeling of boredom or hopelessness reveals that you are going through depression.
When depression comes in your way to happiness, you must do something about it; like discussing your issues with a counselor or therapist who can assist you in dealing with it. But how will you come to know whether it’s depression and not just mood swings?
- get overexcited to such an extent that you are not able to control yourself from spending money, confronting people, or engaging in other overwhelming or dangerous activities.
- feel like you want to hurt or destroy yourself or end your life.
- feel like sleeping for the entire day, stay away from people and not talking to them, or maybe unable to work then you might be going through depression.
When you go through such patterns of serious mood swings you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your feelings. A doctor can help you to find out why you feel this way and what you can do to resolve it.
Always keep in mind that people are dangerous when they are not aware of their responsibilities for how to behave, think, and feel.