Mood swings are sudden changes in emotional state from euphoria to depression and are caused by the hormonal imbalance that occurs during menopause.
However, the presence of mood swings does not always indicate menopause. Mood swings usually hit during late forties and early fifties. The impact of mood swings can be very detrimental - interfering with daily activities such as work, family life, relationships, and overall well-being.
What Are Mood Swings?
Mood swings in menopausal women are rapid and abrupt changes in mood, temperament, and attitude. They are the result of fluctuating hormone levels and can be extremely difficult to deal with.
How Do They Affect Women?
The impact of mood swings can be significant. Some may find themselves shocked by the sudden changes and feel guilty for the way they treat friends and loved ones.
How to Alleviate Menopausal Mood Swings
Mood swings can often be alleviated with simple lifestyle changes and alterations in diet. For example, getting a sufficient amount of sleep is beneficial, as is consuming more soy, not drinking alcohol, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water. All of these things can help lessen the effects of menopause and thus alleviate the intensity and frequency of mood swings.
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- Dr. Love, Susan, and Karen Lindsey. Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.