James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Mood Swings

The past few days have been the best of your life. Several of your friends came over for your birthday, and you insisted on going out to party on the town. Maybe you had a little too much to drink, but everyone had fun, and you didn't get into any fights. While you were out you ran into an old girlfriend, and you made plans to go hiking over the weekend. At work the next day you completed a project ahead of schedule and left early. Things were looking up.

But now, a day later, you are exhausted because you couldn't sleep the night before, and your head is pounding. Just as you finally doze off your date calls and you curse at her for waking you up. So much for your weekend plans. You slam the phone down and sleep through the afternoon.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Mood Swings
  • Moodiness Is Commonly a Reflection of Personality
  • Mood Swings Can Occur During Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • How to Cope with Mood Swings


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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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