Mood swings are a common symptom of menopause. While the severity of mood swings will differ for each woman, more severe mood swings can be distressing. Fortunately, more research is being done to understand the causes and effects of mood swings, as well as ways to treat them.
What Are Mood Swings?
Mood swings are sudden changes in emotion when there isn't a logical reason for the change in emotion. For example, a person may be happy one moment, and then sad and irritated the next. Although it is normal, especially during significant life events, mood swings can become so frequent and severe that they impact daily life.
What Causes Mood Swings?
Medical researchers have identified a range of factors that can cause mood swings, including biological or environmental circumstances and chemical changes in the brain. However, more still needs to be done in order to better understand people's range of emotions and what controls them. Since estrogen regulates some neurotransmitters, a dip in estrogen levels, such as during menopause, may trigger mood swings.
Mood Swings as a Result of a Chemical Imbalance:
How Can I Control My Mood Swings?
A healthy body often means a healthy mind as well. Thus, it is recommended that you maintain a well-balanced diet and exercise regimen. If your mood swings are changing the quality of your life, it may be a good idea to see a therapist. Therapists can help you to better understand your behavior and work through your emotions. This can be especially helpful if your mood swings feel disproportionate to the situation or seem out of control. Click on the following link for more on controlling mood swings.
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