About Mood Swings

The mood, or emotional state, is often referred to as positive or negative, like being in a good one or a bad one. Mood swing refers to rapid changes of emotional states. Mood swings vary from unconscious processes in the mind to visceral oscillations of manic depression.

 

Shifting moods is a natural, healthy process. However, when mood swings are so strong that they are affecting aspects of personal and social life, they may become dangerous or harmful. Extreme mood swings are characteristic symptoms of a Bipolar disorder, in which individuals cycle between being excited, stimulated, and positive and experiencing severe depression.

 

What Causes Mood Swings

When medical doctors talk about the causes of mood swings, they often refer to the biological processes that occur when we shift emotional states and the likely triggers of these processes. They may refer to symptoms of irritability, depression, and anxiety, or factors of the environment such as work, home, and diet. Simply put, for most people, mood swings are a physical response to our emotions about stressful situations in daily life.

 

Mood swings can result from drugs, medications, alcohol and other health conditions. For individuals with ADHD, autism, and other neurological diseases, changes in neurochemistry associated with the condition may be the cause of mood swings. Any activity or drug that alters the levels of neurotransmitters can cause mood shifts.

 

Normal Treatments for Mood Swings

While it’s normal for one’s emotional state to fluctuate, extended periods of time shifting severely from one mood to the next can be harmful to an individual's physical and mental well-being. For most people, factors involving sleep, diet, exercise, hydration, and mental well being can be identified and addressed in order to manage mood swings.

 

For those whose mood swings persist beyond the aforementioned criteria, various types of psychosocial therapy are recommended, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Some research suggests vicarious distractions like a hobby or reading can help break cyclic mood swings.

 

When mood swings aren’t balanced by therapy and lifestyle changes, physicians may examine patients for PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental health conditions. Depending on their diagnosis, individuals with mood swings could be prescribed various pills for anxiety, depression, or even antiepileptic medication.

 

Mood stabilizers such as lithium and anticonvulsants are the standard-of-care for acute and long-term treatment of bipolar disorder. In a systematic review of adverse effects caused by the most common drugs used to treat BD, researchers found that these medications are detrimental to nearly the entire body and brain.

 

Mental cognition and skin health are included in the long list of adverse effects. Endocrine, gastrointestinal, immunological, metabolic, nephrogenic, neurologic, sexual, and teratogenic systems also show damage from bipolar disorder medications. Essentially, all of the major organs, the brain, and bodily functions are adversely affected.

 

How Medical Marijuana Can Help Mood Swings

Humans and animals have evolved or were created with, specialized cells in the body that are able to receive an intake of the chemical compounds. These receptor cells are somewhat of the gatekeepers to activating or deactivating many of our neurological and biological processes.

 

Cannabis produces chemical compounds called cannabinoids in its flowers, such as [CBD] and [THC]. When inhaled, or ingested, [endocannabinoid receptor cells] then metabolize the compounds, which through a cascade of biological events modulates multiple systems of the body that affects our muscles, nerves, organs, blood, and brain. This is why medical marijuana is able to treat a broad array of conditions such as headaches, seizures, arthritis, and cancer.

 

In a 2005 U.K. review of [cannabinoids] in bipolar affective disorder, the authors concluded that [THC] and [CBD] acted similarly to bipolar medications in their ability to alter the synapse activity in neurons, and suggested that bipolar patients may benefit from medical marijuana. That being said, THC is a powerful psychoactive chemical that works well for many, but for some, high doses can trigger anxiety, panic, or paranoia. Consult with a physician and medical marijuana about using cannabis and find listed below a list of strains reported to help others balance out their mood swings.

 

·   [[Airside OG]]

·   [[Alien Apparition]]

·   [[Alien Grenades]]

·   [[Allen Wrench]]

·   [[Aloha Limone]]

·   [[Amarant Dwarf]]

·   [[Amazing Haze]]

·   [[Amnesia]]

·   [[Amnesia Auto]]

·   [[Big Holy Nina]]

·   [[Amnesia Ganja Haze]]

·   [[Amnesia Haze]]

·   [[Art’s OG]]

·   [[B-Well Kush]]

·   [[B- Witched]]

·   [[Banana Treat]]

·   [[Banana WIFI]]

·   [[Bango]]

·   [[Batgirl]]

·   [[Big Duke]]

 

Sources:

Wikipedia (2017) Mood Swing. Web

Murru, A. et al. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2015) 17:66.

 

Top Strains That May Help With Mood Swings

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