Mood Fluctuations

There are people who experience mood fluctuations or “highs and lows” with their emotions. The fluctuations don’t come from an outside source or substance but the internal workings of their body. People are less likely to think that there is “something wrong” when they are on a “high”. While being on a high people tend to have more energy and a sense of euphoria that can feel good. There are times when the only reason people will seek help when on a high is when others express concern about their behavior or they experience a negative consequence i.e contact with the legal system or some form of abuse.

People are more likely to seek help when experiencing a “low” in their moods. During a low, people can isolate, having crying spells, trouble sleeping, suicidal thoughts or actions, changes in appetite or daily activities. Lows are seen more as “something is wrong” to the person experiencing the feeling than a high would be. Medications have been known to have a positive impact on mood fluctuations. Psychotherapy can also help. It is possible to learn how to develop positive coping skills to work with mood fluctuations.  

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