Sudhir Gadh, MD
Psychiatrist located in New York, NY & East Hampton, NY
Experiencing a range of emotions, such as joy, sadness, and anger, is part of the normal human experience. However, if your mood quickly changes between extremes, you should talk to a board-certified psychiatrist like Sudhir Gadh, MD. Dr. Gadh has more than a decade of experience in helping patients lead healthy and fulfilling lives. From his practice in Union Square, New York City, he offers customized treatments designed to relieve disruptive moods swings and address their underlying causes. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Mood Swings Q & A
"Frequently associated with Bipolar which if true would be integral to control but also important to consider the effects of complex trauma. Borderline personality traits are treatable with DBT and low dose lithium leading to improvements in self-esteem, growth, and stability." - Dr. Gadh
What are mood swings?
A mood swing is a noticeable change in your emotional state. While incremental shifts in mood are a natural part of life, some people experience rapid and extreme mood swings that disrupt their ability to function and complete routine activities.
These extreme mood swings can indicate a mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder. It’s important to understand that having severe mood swings doesn’t always mean you have a mental health disorder. Mood swings can have many causes in addition to chemical imbalances in your brain.
When should I see a doctor about mood swings?
If you’ve noticed that your mood swings are negatively affecting your work, friendships, and other relationships, or if you’re engaging in abnormal behaviors, you should make an appointment with Dr. Gadh.
For example, you may find yourself so excited or agitated that you can’t control your urges to spend money or start confrontations. Or your mood may be so low that you don’t want to get out of bed, go to work, or participate in your regular daily activities.
Sometimes it may be hard to see your own mood irregularities. If you notice your friends or family expressing concerns about your moods or behaviors, don’t shrug it off. Instead, stay aware of this and consider seeking help.
What causes mood swings?
Mood swings are associated with a variety of mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and personality disorders. Addiction can also cause mood swings. Your mood changes can also be a result of untreated trauma.
However, as mentioned, mood swings aren’t always a sign of a mental health condition. You may also have a hormonal imbalance. For example, the hormonal changes of puberty, menopause, and pregnancy can often cause mood irregularities.
Additionally, health conditions that affect your cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, and endocrine systems can cause mood disturbances.
How are mood swings treated?
Dr. Gadh will provide a comprehensive evaluation to identify the causes of your mood swings. He’ll then design a treatment plan to regulate your moods and address any underlying conditions causing your symptoms.
Plans will typically include a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications. Dr. Gadh will often recommend a low-dose lithium supplement to regulate your moods and support healthy behaviors.
Medication provides the mental clarity needed to focus on other parts of your treatment, such as behavioral therapy. Improved and stable moods can also make it easier for you to make changes to your diet, exercise, and sleep habits.
If your mood swings are disrupting your life, book an appointment with Sudhir Gadh, MD, to get the professional psychiatric help you need to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.