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Sudden and often dramatic changes in mood are not necessarily caused by an underlying emotional or psychological factors. Temperament and character play an important role and may cause some persons to be more prone to mood swings than others.

Signs and symptoms

Typically, mood swings are alternations of different, often completely opposed moods or sudden bursts into a highly emotional states. Unexplained and inadequate anger, sudden fits of irritability, nervousness and anxiety, periods of melancholy, extreme sadness or depression are different phases that a person who has mood swings may go through.

The reason for these mood alternations can be a mood disorder and if the mood swings are frequent and particularly intense, it is recommended to see a doctor as there is a psychiatric condition called manic depressive disorder that can be quite serious, and it manifests itself similarly to mood swings.

Mood swings in women have been associated with changes in hormone levels that occur before the menstruation (PMS), in pregnancy and at the beginning of menopause.

Other possible factors that may cause mood swings include nutrition and nutritional imbalances. For example sudden drops or rises of blood sugar may cause alternations of mood. Irritability can be caused by hypoglycemia, anxiety, stress and lack of sleep.

Psychological or emotional trauma can be another possible cause for mood swings. Drug and alcohol abuse and some diseases, like multiple sclerosis, also have an impact on the mood and may cause mood swings.

How to manage mood swings

The mind and body are tightly connected and codependent. Processes that go on in the body may influence on the state of mind so it makes sense to look inside the body to find out the reason for conditions like mood swings.

Nutritional imbalances or deficits of certain important nutrients can cause mood swings. If the sudden changes in the level of sugar in blood is causing mood swings it can be regulated with chromium supplements.

Taking energy pills that are advertised to boost the energy levels, concentration and performance are highly counterproductive. They aggravate the glands and cause imbalance.

B complex vitamins are known to be very beneficial and important for nervous system so the vitamins of this group are recommended for managing mood swings.

Low levels of calcium and magnesium can cause irritability and snappiness so they should be included in the diet, possibly in form of supplements.

Mood swings during menopause can be alleviated and prevented with yarrow. It is recommended to regularly use yarrow juice along with dandelion, rosemary and borage alternating these herbs over a longer period of time in order to achieve positive results for the mood and the mental state.

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