Mood Swings

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Emotional, moody and temperamental. On any given day I can experience any one of these emotions. Sometimes all at once. Usually, I have valid reasons for my mood swings and a glass of wine with a long hot bath is usually the cure. Other days, I have no reason for my mood swings and the only thing that helps is a good hard cry. Could it be hormonal or am I just cranky? The truth is sometimes I am just cranky. Other days? Yes, it is hormonal and it is completely normal to be in a funk when you are in PMS Mode. Once I was watching the show Ghost Whisperer and I started to sob uncontrollably when a man returned from the dead and danced with his wife. My husband thought I had lost my mind. Turns out I was just in PMS mode. Go figure.

According to Dr. Roshinin Raj, MD author of the book "What the Yuck!? The Freaky and Fabulous Truth about Your Body (Love this book!) "as long as your cranky mood isn't causing problems at home or at work, or interfering with your ability to get through your daily activities, it's probably not depression. We all know that life is full of ups and downs but when the downs keep you down for a long time it can lead to depression. Depression is a real disease that many women suffer from. So if you think you many be suffering from depression you do not have to suffer alone. There are many good treatment options that can help you cope with depression so make an appointment with a mental health professional.

Here are some tips from Dr. Raj to help you figure out if your PMS moods are normal or not:

NORMAL:
Feeling cranky a day or two before your period.
NOT NORMAL: Feeling out of control cranky for 10 solid days

NORMAL:
Not being able to sleep for a night or so before your period.
NOT NORMAL: Tossing and turning every night for two weeks or longer.

NORMAL:
Feeling a little sluggish a few days before your period starts.
NOT NORMAL: Not being able to get out of bed for a week before your period starts.

NORMAL: Feeling irritated about everyday annoyances (getting cut off in traffic, your husband not taking the garbage out.
NOT NORMAL: Getting in a yelling, screaming, throwing-things rage over your husband not taking out the garbage.

NORMAL:
Tearing up while watching sappy made-for-ts movies. (Like Ghost Whisperer)
NOT NORMAL: Repeatedly bursting into tears and not knowing why.


2 comments:

Alicia@ Mommy Delicious on October 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM said...

Mood swings and "funks" are totally normal. We all get them from time to time. But one sure sign of depression is being/feeling down (like really, really down) for 2-3 weeks straight. Wouldn't want to be in that position. But there is help out there. I've got to read that book.

And LOL at the fact that you sobbed to Ghost Whisperer.

Jennifer West on December 15, 2011 at 3:59 PM said...

Yes, it's all about being angry and how long one experiences it. Depression can be prevented by taking advice from the experts, or just by talking to someone close to you. Mood swings are normal. It happens a lot, especially to women. I hope you feel better now...

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