Question: Hi there. I'd like to know what causes mood swings because I can be really happy one second and then I'm annoyed and angry the next and I don't know why I'm angry all of a sudden but for no reason i'll just be think 'touch me and i'll kill you' when just a minute ago i was all sunshine and butterflies. So what is it in our brains that causes mood swing and sudden attitude changes?
I’m on it! My PhD is all about that, but I’ve just started so I haven’t figured everything out yet.
I’m convinced that part of it is drastic hormonal changes, and kids (especially girls) get loads of those. You can’t help it; your body is re calibrating and that takes time. I’m pretty sure oxytocin has something to do with it too.
And then there is the factor of stress levels, they can be quite high in high school kids too and stress does a number on your neurotransmitters and your immune system. The idea that your immune system is involved in mood as well is still not widely accepted in science, but just wait and see, they’ll get there eventually.
As for you. I so recognize those feelings; I still have them, maybe not as intense, but I still do. Exercise tends to help (which I hate, because I don’t really like exercise) because it gets the system to focus on one thing and work together. It also releases endorphins which help you not want to kill people.
When you do feel that way, I find it helps to go and do something completely different and wait for it to go away. It sucks, but I’m working on fixing it!