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5 Common Signs of Mood Swings

Mood swings are often considered as being key telltale signs of menopause as they can be some of its most evident symptoms from an outsider's perspective. Although mood swings can occur at any point in a person's life and for various reasons, the most common cause of mood swings is the hormonal imbalance that occurs during menopause.

What Are Mood Swings?

Having mood swings can be felt as more than just experiencing mild infrequent irritations from time to time. Read on below to learn more about some of the most common signs of the menopause transition.

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Feeling lost

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One of the characteristic signs of mood swings is feeling lost.One of the characteristic signs of mood swings is not really understanding how you feel. Since such intense moods have the tendency to occur rapidly and without warning, it can be hard to determine and eliminate potential triggers. Mood swings can become even more confusing because often, you'll find that whatever initially triggered the shift isn't its route cause.

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Intensity

Mood swings are not just characterized by rapid changes in mood, but also by the intensity of the mood and the emotions that accompany it. Although you might be use to experiencing only mild stabs of anger, during menopause you can find yourself suddenly experiencing intense flare ups instead.

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Depressive episodes

People classically tend to view depression as intense sadness and low mood. While these are of the classic signs of depression, the condition can also lead to a fixation on death, oversleeping, and loss of appetite. Often times, people report that these episodes are swiftly followed by more manic or hyperactive ones.

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Manic episode

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Manic episodes are the complete opposite of depressive episodes. More than just intense happiness, these times are often characterized by feelings of euphoria, positive self-image, and general “spunk”. People experiencing a manic episode will probably attempt to engage themselves in multiple activities with multiple people.

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Fatigue

Because mood swings and their resultant episodes can disrupt your sleep patterns, they are likely to leave you feeling exhausted. Fatigue and lack of sleep can affect your quality of life, and can consequently lead to serious health problems.

More Information about Mood Swings

Treatment options for mood swings vary, depending on the severity of the symptoms effect. If you think that mood swings are damaging your relationships with family, friends, and/or coworkers, it's important to seek the advice of a professional counselor.

Common Medications for Mood Swings during PMS

It is unknown why some women experience more severe and longer-lasting PMS symptoms than others. Fortunately, however, there are methods for relief.

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