- Awareness of destructive behavior (e.g., self-injury), but sometimes feeling unable to change it
- Difficulty controlling emotions or impulses
- Fear of being around crowds
- Feeling misunderstood, neglected, empty or hopeless
- Feelings of self-hate and self-loathing
- Inappropriate anger and antagonistic behavior (sometimes escalating into physical fights)
- Short but intense episodes of anxiety or depression
- Suicidal thoughts
Treatment for mood swings may include psychotherapy and/or medications:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With CBT, you work with a mental health counselor to (a) become aware of inaccurate, negative or ineffective thinking; (b) view challenging situations more clearly and objectively; and (c) search for and put into practice alternative solution strategies.
- Mentalization-based therapy (MBT). MBT is a type of therapy that helps you identify and separate your own thoughts and feelings from those of people around you. MBT emphasizes thinking before reacting.
- Schema-focused therapy (SFT). SFT combines therapy approaches to help you evaluate repetitive life patterns and life themes (schema) so that you can identify positive patterns and change negative ones.
- Transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP). TFP aims to help you understand your emotions and interpersonal difficulties through the developing relationship between you and your therapist. You then apply these insights to ongoing situations.
- Attend all therapy sessions if you are in counseling
- Don't blame yourself for being chronically “moody,” but do recognize your responsibility to get it treated
- Get treatment for related problems (e.g., substance abuse)
- Keep up a healthy lifestyle (e.g., eating a healthy diet, being physically active, engaging in social activities)
- Learn about mood disorders so that you understand their causes and treatments
- Learn what may trigger angry outbursts or impulsive behavior
- Practice healthy ways to ease painful emotions and prevent impulsive behaviors (e.g., self-inflicted injuries)
- Reach out to other AS and HFA adults to share insights and experiences
- Stick to your treatment plan if attending counseling
- If you are on medication, take it as directed and report to your doctor the benefits and side-effects that you experience
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