Mood Swings

mood swings

Can you guess how many mood swings there are for one with bipolar disorder?

Let’s take a look: mood swings during depression, mania, hypomania, triggers, rapid cycling, mixed states, and during name a few.

In one of our recent polls, we ask how frequently a mood swing is felt 47.8% stated hourly. Now that alone is staggering!

Can you imagine flipping switches on your light panel from off to on hourly! To the human body, that’s exhausting. Not to mention how your electric bill would be effected!


We all have a different way of managing our mood swings: medication, therapy, grounding, yoga, etc.

What works effectively for one, may not work for another. Personally, I take medication, and participate in therapy. I’ve used grounding, and tried yoga. Didn’t care much for either.

Not to say there not effective, just my personal choice.

Depression can make you isolate yourself from your friends and loved ones. You may find it impossible to get out of bed, let alone keep your job. During manic periods, you may be reckless and volatile.

Picking up the pieces after mood swings can be hard. The people whom you need most — especially your friends and family — may be angry with you or reluctant to help.

The best way to prevent mood swings is consistent medication.

Unfortunately, periods of hypomania, mania, or depression aren’t completely preventable. Even people who always take their medication and are careful with their health can still have mood swings from time to time.

That’s why it’s important to pay attention to changes in your mood, energy levels, and sleeping patterns before they develop into something serious.

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Mood Triggers in Bipolar Disorder

At first, mood swings may take you by surprise if you have bipolar disorder. But over time, you might start to see patterns or signs that you’re entering a period of mania or depression. Aside from a shift in your mood, look for changes in your:



•Sleep patterns

•Energy level

•Alcohol or drug use

•Sex drive



Mood episodes in bipolar disorder often occur spontaneously, for no particular reasons. Sometimes, however, you may discover particular “triggers” — situations or events that can provoke a period of mania or depression, such as sleep deprivation, or crossing multiple time zones when traveling. Some people find they’re more likely to become depressed or manic during stressful times at work or during holidays.

Many people see seasonal patterns to their mood changes. Of course, not everyone can identify triggers. Also, some triggers can’t be anticipated or avoided, like a serious illness or a traumatic event.

One good way to see patterns or triggers in your bipolar disorder is to keep a journal. Make note of big events, stresses, your medication dosage, and the amount of sleep you’re getting. Over time, you might see some patterns emerge.

Start paying attention to your moods, take note when a friend or family member notices a difference in your mood. It may make all the difference in your day-to-day!

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Living with type 1 bipolar disorder, PTSD (due to childhood trauma), Rapid Cycling, and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Writing about my life experiences.

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