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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Frequent Mood Swings

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced frequent mood swings. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Mild Bipolar Disorder i

    Bipolar disorder, which is sometimes called bipolar affective disorder, is a mental condition where a person's mood swings between two extremes. One extreme is called depression, where people feel low, sad, and blue. The other extreme is called mania, where people feel high, elated, overjoyed, and are full of energy.

    Bipolar disorder I is a chronic (lifelong) mental illness.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping
    Symptoms that always occur with mild bipolar disorder i:
    periods of feeling very energetic and needing little sleep
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Premenstrual Syndrome

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a very common condition. PMS has a variety of symptoms including cramping, mood swings, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, breast tenderness & depression.

    Symptoms of premenstrual syndrome can last all the way into menopause.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, anxiety, constipation, depressed mood, breast pain
    Symptoms that never occur with premenstrual syndrome:
    constant sadness, severe sadness, disapearance of periods for over a year
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Borderline Personality Disorder

    Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness characterized by troubled interpersonal relationships and unstable moods.

    While this is historically a difficult disease to treat, modern advancements provide symptom relief and improved quality of life.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    frequent mood swings, impaired social or occupational functioning, aggression, history of deliberate self-harm, anger or irritability between temper outbursts
    Symptoms that always occur with borderline personality disorder:
    impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

    Premenstrual dysmorphic disorder is a condition that occurs 5-11 days before menstruation that causes depression-like symptoms, where you have depression-like symptoms, irritability, and tension.

    Symptoms of premenstrual dysmorphic disorder can be managed with a healthy lifestyle. In severe cases, antidepressants may be useful.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, stomach bloating, anxiety, depressed mood, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Symptoms that always occur with premenstrual dysphoric disorder:
    impaired social or occupational functioning, symptoms of depression, anxiety and emotional lability
    Symptoms that never occur with premenstrual dysphoric disorder:
    constant sadness, disapearance of periods for over a year
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Bipolar Disorder Ii

    Bipolar Disorder II is similar to Bipolar disorder I, except that the patient experiences hypomanic episodes rather than manic episodes. A hypomanic epsiode includes the same symptoms as a manic episode except that it does not impair social or occupational functioning.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Schizoaffective Disorder

    Schizoffective Disorder is a condition in which a person experiences delusions/hallucinations (similar to Schizophrenia), along with mania or depression.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

    This diagnosis recognizes severe, long-lasting irritability in children over 6 but under 18 who have really bad temper outbursts

    Half of children will have this problem for more than a year. Once they are adults, they are at higher risk of developing depression or anxiety.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Alcohol Use Disorder

    Alcohol use disorder is when drinking alcohol causes serious problems in one's life. One may also need more and more alcohol to feel drunk. Stopping suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms that are very dangerous.

    Change can occur immediately but relapses are common (60%) in 3 years. Beat it!

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    consideration of cutting down alcohol use, other's criticism around drinking, guilt about alcohol use, needing a morning alcoholic drink
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Frequent Mood Swings

  • Q.Are you having difficulty concentrating or thinking through daily activities?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Are your symptoms causing difficulty at work, socializing, or spending time with friends & family?
  • Q.Have you ever suffered from a concussion or traumatic brain injury?

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Frequent Mood Swings Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced frequent mood swings have also experienced:

    • 8% Fatigue
    • 7% Bloody Vaginal Discharge
    • 5% Vaginal Bleeding
  • People who have experienced frequent mood swings were most often matched with:

    • 42% Mild Bipolar Disorder i
    • 42% Borderline Personality Disorder
    • 14% Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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