Everyone will experience mood swings from time to time, but if you have rapidly fluctuating emotions that go from happiness to anger, irritability, and even depression, there may be something more serious. Typical mood swings are often triggered by work-related stress, significant changes in your life, diet, sleep, and relationships but can also occur without an obvious cause.  Mood swings are also common in people with underlying mental health issues. When mood swings are frequent and intense enough to disrupt daily living, including work and relationships, 

Everyone will experience mood swings from time to time. Still, if they are frequent, intense, and unpredictable enough to disrupt daily living, including work and relationships, you should consult your doctor.

Mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression, personality disorder, schizophrenia, and attention deficit disorder(ADHD) can cause severe shifts in mood. Hormones can affect the chemistry of the brain and cause changes in mood.  This is most common in teens, pregnant women, women who have premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and perimenopausal or menopausal.  Your physical health can also impact your mental health and emotional well-being.

The good news is that mood swings are manageable with lifestyle changes, therapy, or medication.  You can help regulate your mood by keeping a schedule, particularly an eating and sleeping schedule, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, practicing relaxation techniques, avoiding stress, and talking it out with friends, family, or a therapist. Eating a healthy diet and taking supplements can also help manage your moods. Making these changes can be challenging and take some time, but in the end, you will have a positive outlook and better quality of life.