Women Mood Swings Due to Hormonal Imbalance
Although women mood swings might not be a health concern, the underlying cause is usually associated with a hormonal inbalance that is linked to other issues.
One underlying cause could be Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder(PMDD) which is an emotional and physical disorder. This disorder occurs each month around the menstrual cycle period in about 3% to 8% of women of child bearing age. PMDD is similar to PMS in terms of symptoms but usually more severe.
I experienced severe mood swings due to PMDD. Months went by before I communicated all the symptoms to my doctor and he made the diagnosis of PMDD. I was at a loss as to why the sudden changes in my personally. If you suffer from PMS, magnify those mood swings x10.
My husband said I was being mean and hateful which was so out of character for me. He asked how he was suppose to understand women mood swings which happened with no warning and which seemed to be different each month. I couldn't explain it to him since I didn't understand myself.
You must talk to your doctor when you start to experience mood changes that is totally out of character for you and there's no other stressor's on your life that could explain the changes.
My ability to do my job was affected and the quality time with my kids suffered. I felt like a trapped or caged animal lashing out at others for no apparent reason. To complicate things, the emotional symptoms and mood swings usually started and I wouldn't realize what was happening for about 2 days.
Additional symptoms of PMDD that contribute to women mood swings...
- Inability to Concentrate
- Inability to Function or Focus
- Trouble Thinking
- Joint Pain
Hormonal changes in women might cause a lack of serotonium and endrophins in the brain. Serotonium and endorphin are the chemicals that regulate moods. Exercise enhances production of "mood elevating" brain chemicals. You shouled exercise 3 to 5 times per week at least 30 minutes per day to help regulate mood changes related to PMDD.
Eat small meals frequently to keep the blood sugar levels balanced throughout the day. Balanced nutritional meals high in complex carbs and low in salt, caffeine and refined sugar can reduce the symptoms of PMDD and drastically reduce mood swings. Refined sugar has been shown to exacerbate mood swings.
Are you really being moody or irritable for no reason?
You know your body best so if there's something that doesn't seem quite right consult with your doctor and follow the recommendations for a healthy you.
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