Mood Swings Specialist

Ryan Rifkin, NP -  - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

NP Psychiatry

Ryan Rifkin, NP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Chelsea, New York, NY

Everyone occasionally goes through a sudden and unexpected mood swing. When your mood changes appear with enough regularity or severity to disrupt your life, it’s time to consider getting treatment. At NP Psychiatry in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Ryan Rifkin, NP, has extensive experience diagnosing and treating mood swings. If you have questions or need to schedule an in-office or telepsychiatry appointment for help with ongoing changes in your mood, call the New York City office today or use the online booking feature.

Mood Swings Q & A

What are mood swings?

Mood swings are quick changes in your emotional state and energy levels. These changes range from a high-energy state of elation (mania) to a low-energy state of depression.

Sometimes, your mood swings occur for no apparent reason and are likely related to brain chemical imbalances. Other times, they occur in response to an event or person in your life.

What triggers mood swings?

Mood swings between mania and depression are the hallmark symptom of bipolar disorder. There are three types of bipolar disorder, each with differences in symptom severity and the frequency of mood swings.

Many psychological and physical health conditions cause changes in mood, including:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorders
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Conduct disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Chronic stress
  • Heart disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Insomnia or sleep deprivation
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Dementia

Any condition that affects biochemicals, nutrients, and oxygen in your brain can lead to mood swings.

What are the symptoms of a manic mood swing?

Mania causes symptoms such as:

  • Having high energy
  • Feeling elated or euphoric
  • Increasing activities
  • Having a hard time sleeping
  • Experiencing racing thoughts
  • Talking rapidly and frequently
  • Having an inflated sense of self-importance

You may also get involved in risky activities such as buying sprees or sexual indiscretions. 

What are the symptoms of a depressive mood swing? 

When your mood swings to the low-energy state of depression, the symptoms include:

  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling sad and hopeless
  • Losing interest in favorite activities
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Having a hard time concentrating 

Depression often makes people think about suicide.

How are mood swings treated?

Your board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at NP Psychiatry begins with a thorough assessment. Accurately diagnosing the underlying conditions determines the best treatment plan. 

Mood stabilizing medications are the foundation of treatment for bipolar disorder, which is a chronic condition associated with chemical imbalances in your brain. You may also need medication if another psychological disorder causes your mood swings. 

Most people with mood swings improve with psychotherapy or talk therapy. During therapy, you learn ways to control your shifts in mood, coping skills for your underlying mental health disorders, and strategies to deal with stressors that cause mood swings.

If you have noticeable mood swings that disrupt your life, call NP Psychiatry today or request an appointment online.