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13 Jan 2010

Mood Swings
Hi Doc
For the past 3 years, I' ve been experiencing mood swings that seem to appear out of nowhere. I' ll be fine, cheery and talkative and then suddenly, one small triggers changes my mood instantly and I start feeling so irritated that it makes me tearful. Sometimes I dont even need a trigger for this " black cloud"  to hit me and most of the time, I dont even know why Im getting this change of mood. This contributes to me feeling even more frustrated. I become silent and when my husband asks me whats wrong with me, I get even more irritated that I end up saying most of the time " NOTHING!" , give him the silent treatment and treating him like dirt with my reaction. During this " episode" , I loathe even looking at him. After about 30 minutes Im fine again, the " black cloud"  feeling leaves and Im left with emense guilt over the way I acted towards my hubby and the hateful thoughts I had. Im 28yrs old, I dont smoke, drink or take any medication other than my contraceptive pill, Yasmin. There' s also times where I constantly want to be by myself so I end up spending hours in my bedroom to avoid people from bothering me. I am always tired and never seem to have the energy to partake in social activities. I so badly want that " zest for life"  feeling. My hubby often says to me, " why cant you just be yourself. I want that fun person back"  .The weirdest part of all is that I can control my moods at work, yet at home I cannot help it. What is wrong with me? Some advice will be greatly appreciated.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Such small and brief mood swings are probably normal, and one could probably control them by choosing not to focus one's attention on them, not mto idulge in them, and not to behave towards others in a way that would be coloured by these moods ( rather as you would do if instead this were brief episodes of irritability and bad temper. Then you would have nothing to feel guilty about afterwards.
But generally, it'd be a good idea to see a sherink for a full assessment, as it may be that you are developing a treatable Depression, which is starting to show itself in this way
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