Mood swings are a common symptom of menopause. Mood swings, depending on severity, can greatly impact daily life. They affect both emotional and physical well-being. Fortunately, there are several effective ways of tackling mood swings.
What Are Mood Swings?
Mood swings are linked to significant hormonal changes in women during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
Mood swings are abrupt and frequent changes in cravings, attitude, and temper. Sufferers will often be affected by a radical change in temperament for no apparent reason. It may feel like you're not in control of your emotions.
What Causes Menopausal Mood Swings?
Most research indicates that the primary causes of mood swings are either physiological or physical. The psychological causes are disorders resulting from chemical imbalances in the brain and stress disorders, which can be often exacerbated by other menopausal symptoms.
Some the common factors that influence the severity of mood swings during menopause:
- Lack of social support
- Financial distress
- Surgically induced menopause (hysterectomy)
- Bad habits
Physical factors however, are mostly responsible for mood swings as a symptom of menopause. This is because the levels of estrogen and serotonin, which directly affect a person's mental state, fluctuate during menopause. As the estrogen levels begin to oscillate, so does your mood.
How Can I Manage My Mood Swings?
Mood swings are linked to low estrogen levels in a woman's body during menopause. Combating hormonal imbalance is often done through lifestyle chances, such as dietary changes and exercise regimens. Hormonal imbalance can also be addressed with alternative medicines. Combining lifestyle changes and alternative medicines can be effective for many.
Treatments for Mood Swings
There are many treatments available for hormonal deficiencies that cause mood swings. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise routine will help manage hormones and mood swings. Avoid consuming excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol. There are also medicines and natural supplements that can be taken to help hormonal imbalance. Follow the links below for further information regarding mood swings.
- The Health Center.(n.d)."Adult Mood Swings".Retrieved from www.thehealthcenter.info.
- Dr. Love, Susan, and Karen Lindsey. Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
- Amin, Zenab, Turhan Canli, and C. Neill Epperson. "Effects of Estrogen-Serotonin Interactions on Mood and Cognition". Behav Cogn Neurosci Rev 2005; 4; 43.
- Molecular Psychiatry.(n.d)."Estrogen Promotes Gender Difference in Brain's Response to Stress".Retrieved from www.psycheducation.org.