5 common causes of mood swings

5 vaak voorkomende oorzaken van moodswings

One moment everything is fine, the next nothing or no one can do anything good. Do you recognize this behavior? Moodswings are very annoying, and can be caused in different ways. 


Maybe no surprise, but stress is a major cause of mood swings. Because you have too much on your plate, you react more quickly and unreasonably to the people around you. Stress over-stimulates your brain, which confuses your emotions. This can lead to mood swings.

Do you notice this of yourself or are you just being pointed out by those around you? Then first try to remove the cause of the stress and look for ways to relax more often. There are also various natural remedies that can help you control stress. Adaptogenic plants such as roseroot or ashwaganda are known to increase your resistance to stress.


Hormones also have a major influence on your mood and can therefore cause mood swings. Certainly women experience hormonal changes at different times of their lives, and therefore often mood swings as well. Think about menstruation and possibly the associated PMS symptoms, during pregnancy and around menopause. A period of hormonal change can also lead to mood swings in men. 

Caffeine, sugar, alcohol…

Moodswings can also be facilitated by certain nutrients. Caffeine and sugar may give you an energy boost, but at the same time they can make you feel nervous and anxious. Because you feel agitated, you may react differently than usual. Alcohol can also change your mood. After the up follows usually a down.

Try to reduce your intake of caffeine, sugar or alcohol, or even avoid it altogether, if you notice mood swings. 

Sleep deprivation

Too little sleep makes you more tired, so you are less able to cope with unpleasant situations and will react more irritated when something goes wrong. Exactly how much sleep you need varies greatly from person to person. Often you feel it yourself: when you wake up rested, you have had enough sleep. 

Psychological disorders

Finally, there are several mental disorders associated with mood swings. For example, bipolar disorder is characterized by high peaks and valleys, just like borderline. Mood swings can also be a symptom of ADHD, schizophrenia or depression. Always consult your family doctor if you suspect that a mental disorder is the cause of your mood swings.


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