It’s normal for most of us to experience different emotions under different circumstances. Some people because of their temperament may be more sensitive and react more strongly to situations. As long as the moods do not interfere with a person’s daily life and relationships, it should be ok. However, if a person displays severe mood swings or a sudden drastic change in their behaviour, it can be a sign that something is not right.
Sudden change in moods and behaviour could be due to trauma, hormonal imbalance, substance use or a medical condition. Certain patterns of mood changes could be damaging and is a sign of serious health condition. For example, if a person:
- Engages in risky behaviour, is unable to control their urges and aggression.
- Feels like wanting to harm themselves or end their life.
- Is unable to go about their daily routine, sleeps too much or is unable to sleep at night.
- Does not speak coherently or is suddenly very forgetful.
If you observe that your friend or loved one’s mood has taken over their life, you may want to get them to seek help. How do you talk to this person about the problem? Read here.