Mood changes

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A mood change include any changing of the general state of mind. It is normal for a person’s mood to change occasionally, to be a reaction to certain situations or events – although most people mood is fairly constant.

Radical change of mood, however, may be a sign of deeper problems. Although many people associate the mood changes with bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder, these conditions have not always taken into account.


1. Overview
2. Causes of mood changes in women
3. Causes of mood changes in men
4. Causes of mood changes in children

Causes of mood changes in women

Studies have shown that hormones have a profound impact on the brain chemistry that controls mood and emotions. A lot of factors in a woman’s life, such as hormonal imbalances, menstrual cycle, menopause, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, any endocrine imbalance and other biological problems, can play an important role in the case of a fluctuating state of mind.

When a woman enters menopause, there are involved many changes in the production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone as a result of hormonal imbalances that cause and mood changes. Similarly, during ovulation in women show a lot of behavioral, emotional and physical changes caused by the hormonal variations.

Another reason for the mood swings in women is the stress at home and at work. Modern life style has a key role in amplifying sudden mood changes, like smoking, alcohol, eating fast food, sweets and physical inactivity.

Causes of mood changes in men

Environmental factors and / or chemical imbalances in the brain may contribute to a person’s mood changes. Untreated, chronic mood changes can become debilitating.

Andropause – mood swings are often typical symptoms of andropause, especially in men who come in andropause. Symptoms appear gradually and can affect mental and emotional health of a man. Doctors believe that depression in men may include symptoms such as irritability, social isolation, alcohol abuse, illegal drugs or risky behaviors.

Bipolar disorder – The main symptoms of mania and depression associated with bipolar disorder include both changes in behavior, and the mood. People with bipolar disorder may experience periods of mania and depression. Men who suffer from bipolar disorder may abuse alcohol, drugs and relationship problems.

Diabetes – Endocrinologists emphasize that the extreme fluctuations of blood sugar levels can contribute to mood changes that can occur in people with diabetes. You should control constantly the blood sugar levels especially when you notice changes in your mood.

Talk to your doctor when you constantly mood swings. You may need to change drug therapy.

As with women, for men age, hormone levels begin to drop. Low levels of testosterone may contribute to the inability to concentrate, memory loss, feelings of sadness, lack of confidence and motivation decrease.

Causes of mood changes in children

Children of all ages can experience mood swings that could be the result of natural causes and development.

Development of young children – many children experience mood changes and development, but the language does not allow them to express themselves enough to cue.

Puberty – changes in mood are common during puberty, mid-late childhood and teenage years. Hormonal changes during puberty are responsible for rapid emotional changes. At puberty, children may feel social pressure specific to this stages of development, which may contribute to changes in mood.

Stress during childhood – A child may experience extreme stress, which can cause mood swings. The consequences can be bedwetting, internalization, manifestation of gastrointestinal diseases and headaches. The unnatural stress can be caused by separation from parents, involvement in too many activities, the death of a loved one, illness or age-specific exposure to images on television, for example.

Also, stress can occur in children who hear their parents talking about financial or couple problems.

Accompanied by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – this is the result of insufficient chemicals in the brain areas responsible for thinking and organizing. Therefore, a child with ADHD may experience mood changes and difficulty in focusing attention and following instructions. Doctors say that ADHD is more common in boys, although girls may have it too.

The importance of a healthy diet – Eating unhealthy can cause a negative reaction of the body, and because children don’t have the maturity to understand the cause of these changes, are prone to mood swings. Children should eat a healthy breakfast rich in carbohydrates and more fiber, green leafy vegetables and fruits.

Hereditary factors – If your family history presents anxiety or bipolar depression, which manifests itself in mood swings, you can inherit.

Inadequate sleep habits – At what time your child goes to bed? What time is awakening? Does he sleep enough time, in a suitable environment? Kids need, more than adults, enough quality sleep otherwise, they become irritable and more prone to mood swings.

Lack of exercise – physical health affects many aspects of mental and emotional health. Lack of exercise will weaken the infant’s body and could have negative impact on his mental and emotional health.



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