Mood swings: When you should get serious about fluctuating emotions

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In your lifetime, have you ever experienced the emotional highs or lows that caused you to do things that hurt you or those around you? Those emotions often feel like a ping-pong ball bouncing across a table, and then we begin to wonder, “What is wrong with me?” Well, we all have moods.
We wake up cranky or find ourselves depressed after something goes wrong at home or work. Moods can come or go, and most of us can eventually work our way out of them and get back to a normal pattern. However, sometimes, no matter how hard we work at them, they just don’t seem to go away, and sometimes they even get worse. During these times it can really begin to negatively affect the family life, work life, even spiritual life.
It becomes hard to smile and when we do smile it feels like plastic. We may pray or even try to think about that which is positive, loving, but the mood still hangs on. It is often hard to even think during these times that there really is a bright side. Oh, by the way, we seldom hear about the person who struggles about being too happy. But, even during the times of being “high” people can have a tendency to act impulsively, talk in ‘warp’ speed, even doing things that they would never do normally; going on a spending binge for things that are not necessities, running up credit card bills for no other reason than, “I just want that!”
During these times it is possible to be sleep deprived, and often exhausted, yet still lie wide awake and look for new projects, plans to tackle new things. But then comes the normal time, and one wonders what it was all about. Sometimes these highs and lows come rapidly one after another in a pattern which is cyclical.
These highs and/or lows can be very troubling for both the individual that experiences them, but also for those close to them including family and friends. Many people who experience these emotions have been diagnosed (in the severe cases) with what is called bipolar disorder, a very treatable problem which usually requires medical help.
In order for the sufferer to begin feeling better about these things is not to dismiss these troubling effects because when we are in the throes of a bad mood swing, it may mean that we’re instantly left with the impression that all is not these moods are ignored (and, of course, often continue) there can be some severe consequences both for self and others.
Doing something means change, and change is often very difficult to address, whether it means consulting with a medical professional, or going to a therapist, maybe talking with a close (confidential) friend, even your church minister. It should be someone who will protect your privacy in these matters which are often difficult to address and resolve. Moods and mood swings disrupt the rhythm of your life and hurt everybody.
Finally, never forget that relationships are formed largely on what we expect both from ourselves and from others. If we expect the other person(s) to be understanding, we’re more open with our feelings. If we expect a sarcastic “bite” now and again, we’re less open. So, when we have a meaningful relationship with a person experiencing these mood swings and he/she is not who they were more recently, then something’s obviously wrong, and we may have a tendency to pull back.
This has the potential of making things worse, but sometimes we are puzzled as to what to do. Whatever you do, do something about it and do it now before it gets worse. Getting help is the right thing to do.