A mood swing is defined as “an abrupt and apparently unaccountable change of mood.” Mood swings can be triggered by any number of events or situations, but in many cases, the root cause of a mood swing is a shift in hormone levels. One minute you are feeling elated and happy, but the next you are expressing anger and hostility. Mood swings are common in women who are experiencing hormonal fluctuations due to physiological events, such menstruation or menopause. Chronic mood swings can significantly affect a woman’s health and are often the result of a hormonal imbalance. The good news is that mood swings is another hormonal imbalance symptom that could be treated safely and effectively with hormone therapy.
What Causes Mood Swings?
Mood swings can be a side effect of lifestyle choices, life events or physiological changes, including:
It’s no secret that stress influences mood. Stress has a number of effects on the body—physical and psychological. Hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate mood can be affected by stress levels. Too much stress can cause cortisol levels to rise, leading to fatigue, poor sleep and appetite changes, further impacting changes in mood and behavior.
Mood disorders are not always related to a hormonal imbalance. In some cases, psychological disorders or mental health conditions may be to blame. ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder), bipolar disorder, panic disorder and depression are just a few examples of psychological issues that may cause mood swings.
PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
For many women, uncomfortable symptoms can occur approximately one to two weeks before menstruation. This period of time is known as PMS, or premenstrual syndrome. Premenstrual mood swings are just one symptoms and may be influenced by other common symptoms, including bloating, fatigue, changes in appetite and depression. The cause of these symptoms is related to shifts in progesterone and estrogen levels, which rise and fall throughout the full menstrual cycle.
PMDD (premenstrual dysmorphic disorder)
PMDD, or premenstrual dysmorphic disorder, is a more severe form of PMS, affecting approximately 8 percent of premenopausal women. The symptoms of PMDD are similar to those experienced with PMS, but mood swings tend to be more extreme, along with other emotions, such irritability, sadness, and anxiety. The cause of PMDD is not well understood, but it is speculated that it is the effect of an abnormal response of the brain to hormonal shifts that occur before menstruation leading to a deficiency in the neurotransmitter, serotonin.
Mood swings are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. During perimenopause, severe mood swings can occur due to hormonal shifts affecting estrogen and progesterone. The hormonal shifts are generally more extreme in the earlier phases of the transition into menopause. Other menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, can cause undue stress, poor sleep and anxiety that can lead to mood swings as well.
Thyroid dysfunction can influence mood and cause mood swings. Hypothyroidism can be the result of low thyroid hormone and high cortisol levels. This can affect sleep, energy and appetite, all of which can impact mood.
In general, out of balance hormones can affect mood. Estrogen and progesterone are well-known for their role in female physiology and fluctuate frequently throughout the female life cycle. However, other hormones may become imbalanced due to age or illness and cause mood swings. For example, low testosterone in women can impact energy, weight, and sex drive. High cortisol can lead to anxiety, sleeplessness, and weight gain. Any of these factors can cause mood swings simply due to the effects on a woman’`s lifestyle or overall health and wellbeing.
How Mood Swings Affect Women&’s Health**
Mood swings can damage relationships, interfere with work productivity and limit social interactions. This can negatively affect your mental health and become a source of stress—both of which can increase the risk of more serious disease.
If your mood swings are more than occasional bouts of moodiness before your period or after a particularly bad day, it might be time to seek help. Identifying the root cause of your mood swings with the help of a qualified professional can you ensure you get the most effective treatment.
Female Hormone Balance Therapy for Mood Swings
Mood swings are not something any woman should ignore. If you are experiencing frequent mood swings, seek help from a qualified professional. If your mood swings are related to a hormonal imbalance, you are likely experiencing other symptoms or events in your lifecycle.
For example, women who are perimenopausal will likely be experiencing hot flashes, foggy thinking or joint pain along with mood swings. If you have a thyroid disorder, you may notice that your mood swings are accompanied by feeling tired all the time, a change in appetite and an inability to regulate your body temperature. These are signs that your mood swings may be related to a hormonal imbalance.
Advanced lab testing can help pinpoint which hormones are out of balance and may causing your mood swings and other symptoms. Following lab testing, you can meet with one of the expert physicians of the BodyLogicMD network for a one-on-one consultation. Each practitioner is highly trained and specializes in hormone health and balance. He/she will review your lab results, discuss your symptoms and medical history, as well as come to understand how your life has been affected by hormone imbalance. Your doctor will partner with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will correct any hormone imbalance safely and effectively to help relieve you from the unwelcome symptoms, like mood swings.
Your treatment plan may include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to restore hormone balance, along with nutritional guidance, fitness recommendations, stress-reduction techniques and pharmaceutical-grade supplements. Each element in your treatment plan will be designed to fit your lifestyle, while ensuring your medical needs are met and your wellness goals are achieved.
Contact the BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone doctor nearest you to schedule an appointment and learn more about how hormone therapy may provide relief from mood swings.