Frequent Mood Swings Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand frequent mood swings symptoms, including 8 causes & common questions.

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  1. 8 Possible Frequent Mood Swings Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

8 Possible Frequent Mood Swings Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced frequent mood swings. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Mild bipolar disorder i

Bipolar disorder is a common, lifelong mental health condition of variable severity that can run in families, characterized by episodes depression and mania that last for weeks or months. Symptoms often start in adolescence or young adulthood.

Mania is a state of ele...

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Premenstrual syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that can produce emotional and physical symptoms in women in the days leading up to their menstrual cycle. Common symptoms include bloating, cramping, headaches, irritability, fatigue, and sleep and appetite changes. These symptoms...

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Borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a personality disorder, or a persistent abnormal behavior pattern manifesting during childhood or adolescence, involving unstable mood and relationships, unstable self-image, and recurrent self-harm or suicida...

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Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) describes a set of severe, debilitating symptoms that appear seven to ten days before a woman's menstrual period begins.

It may be caused by an abnormal reaction to the natural female hormone changes, creating a deficiency in the mood-regulating brain chemical serotonin.

Risk factors include a personal or family history of PMDD, postpartum depression, and/or general depression, as well as cigarette smoking.

Physical symptoms include headaches, abdominal pain and bloating, back pain, and breast tenderness. Psychological symptoms include severe depression, anxiety, and irritability.

Because symptoms tend to get worse over time, medical help should be sought so that quality of life can be improved.

If symptoms persist for a year or more, a diagnosis of PMDD may be made.

Treatment includes improving the diet, adding vitamin and mineral supplements, and getting regular exercise.

Birth control pills to regulate the menstrual cycle may be prescribed, along with anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen. Antidepressants in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class (SSRI) are helpful in some cases.

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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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.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms:

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Schizoaffective disorder

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

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms:

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder

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

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms:

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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.

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

Real-life Stories

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Frequent Mood Swings

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

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

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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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 Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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