What is mood changes?
Mood changes refer to shifts or fluctuations in a person's emotional state. They can be minor and temporary, or more severe and long-lasting. Some key things to know about mood changes:
- Hormone changes - Fluctuations in hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol can impact mood. Hormone imbalance issues can be evaluated by specialists at Endocrine Wellness Center, who provide customized hormone therapy plans.
- Stress - High stress levels can disturb mood. Stress management strategies like exercise, meditation, and counseling can help stabilize mood.
- Lack of sleep - Not getting enough sleep prevents the brain from properly regulating emotions. Aim for 7-9 hours per night.
- Medical conditions - Thyroid disorders, dementia, and other conditions can prompt mood changes. Getting an accurate diagnosis leads to better treatment.
Types of Mood Changes
- Mood swings - Dramatic, quick shifts in mood that may occur for no clear reason. Typically last hours to days.
- Bipolar disorder - Cycles between extreme highs (mania) and lows (depression) that last days to months. Requires medical management.
- Clinical depression - Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and lack of energy. Usually requires psychotherapy and/or antidepressants.
- Talk therapy - Working with a therapist can provide coping techniques for difficult emotions.
- Medication - Antidepressants or other psychiatric meds can help balance brain chemicals that affect mood.
- Lifestyle changes - Getting regular exercise, plenty of sleep, a healthy diet, and mindfulness practices can stabilize mood.
- Support network - Connecting with understanding friends and family members provides comfort.
If ongoing mood issues are impacting your quality of life, consult with a mental health professional to explore treatment options suited to your needs. The compassionate doctors at Endocrine Wellness Center also provide mood-balancing hormone therapy plans to help clients feel their best.