Everyone has a baseline for their emotional experiences. We are all prone to the occasional episode of being extremely upset or sad, as well as the occasional episode of being extremely happy and elated. Venturing off into the highest and lowest areas of our emotional range from our baseline is perfectly normal on occasion. People who experience mood swings experience extremely high-highs and extremely low-lows and rarely find stability near the baseline of their emotions. As a result, their moods swing from one end to the next, and typically quite abruptly. Moods are meant to transition or be appropriately responsive. A mood swing is often out of place either in occasion or in the amount of time feeling that feeling.
Why Do Mood Swings Need Attention?
Mood swings need attention when they are frequent, unpredictable, and cause distress in other areas of our lives. If our mood swings are interrupting our ability to function, hold a job, or maintain healthy relationships, something is at a disconnect in our holistic being and needs the intervention of a professional care facility, for a few reasons. First, mood swings can be the symptom of a mood disorder or personality disorder which needs treatment. Mood and personality disorders can be the manifestations of complex, unresolved trauma. Until the trauma can be healed, problematic symptoms of mood and personality disorders, like mood swings, cannot be healed.
Second, mood swings need attention because they could be an indication of a greater, more severe issue. Mood swings could be the result of a traumatic brain injury, which are the ongoing effects of a concussion or some other blunt impact which damaged the brain. Traumatic brain injury has a high risk of suicide attempt. If someone is experiencing mood swings and has an untreated traumatic brain injury, they could be at risk of hurting themselves. More importantly, they need specialized care to heal their brain and any resulting traumas.
Can Mood Swings Be Caused By Trauma?
Trauma influences everything about the way we are able to live in this world, from the way we think, act, and behave, to the way we experience our own emotions. A mind is a vulnerable place and trauma is a deeply impactful experience. Trauma changes the way the mind works in a different way for different people. How the mind regulates emotions can be affected by trauma because trauma surpasses normal emotional regulation. In fact, it is the brain’s inability to fully comprehend and cope with trauma which leads to traumatic effects, as well as the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Trauma is most often the root cause of many emotional, behavioral, and mood disorders. Until you can heal your trauma, you will find great difficulty finding the healing you need to live a life of recovery, health, and wellness. At Khiron House, we provide effective residential treatment and cutting edge therapies which seek to transform mind, body, and spirit from the effects of trauma. Call us today for information. UK: 020 3811 2575 (24 hours) USA: (866) 801 6184 (24 hours).