Violent Mood Swings
The Reason Behind Violent Mood Swings
Although there are all sorts of triggers for violent mood swings, and nearly everyone can experience them at one time or another, these mood swings can rarely be classified as normal behavior nor are they usually justified.
Bipolar Disorder Often The Root Cause - Violent mood swings are one of the more pronounced symptoms of bipolar disorder or manic depressive behavior. The person experiencing these violent mood swings is usually perfectly aware of them and would like for them to cease as much as anyone else. The problem is, when manic depression is the cause, the person experiencing the violent behavior really has no control over it. While the violent mood swings are in progress, the person experiencing them feels that they are perfectly natural and that nothing out of the ordinary is wrong. Later on, regret may be felt when things get broken or people are upset, but that won't in anyway prevent a recurrence of the behavior. A person who goes through violet mood swings needs help. The condition is in many instances incurable or nearly so, but fortunately is usually treatable, with medication being but one of the approaches that may be taken.
For most of us, we feel pretty good at times, and at other times have periods when we suffer from "the blues", which can linger for awhile. Rarely however do we swing from one mood to the other in the blink of an eye, and if something beyond our control causes that to happen, we usually settle back to "neutral" after a short time.
Molehills Become Mountains - One thing that differentiates those who suffer violent mood swings from most others is an inability to handle negative situations, little situations we encounter almost daily in our lives. Where most of us may become temporarily frustrated or a little irritated when something we don't like happens, the person suffering from bipolar disorder can practically become unglued. Usually the episode doesn't last long and may even be followed by a period where all seems right with the world.
Unless or until the problem is diagnosed, those close to the sufferer don't always know what brings on the mood swings and to what extent, if any, they may be responsible. When someone acts in a way that seems to be something we have little control over, we often feel a bit guilty, wanting to be of help but not certain what that help should consist of.
Treatment - Even if the person suffering violent mood swings recognizes the problem and wants to do something about it, he or she can't go it alone and is going to need help. Visiting a licensed psychiatrist is a good first step, maybe the best first step, and intervention of friends or family might be necessary at this point if the person needing treatment is reluctant to seek help or is in denial. Once the individual begins therapeutic treatment, friends and family can help matters along by providing support, as can other support groups, often a part of the therapy.
Activity can be a big help, especially activity in the form of exercise. At times depression is an underlying ailment, and exercise is one of the best ways to conquer bouts of depression and begin to remove one of the factors that can lead to the violent mood swings. Medication will often be prescribed and the person suffering the mood swings must be encouraged to rigorously follow the prescribed schedule for taking the medication.
A healthy diet is also recommended. Poor dietary habits, drugs, alcohol, and smoking can all make treatment more difficult and sometimes impossible as it becomes too easy for the person being treated to slip back into the old habits. Violent mood swings can be successfully treated. It just means following the doctor's advice, accepting support when offered, and being prepared for what may be a long and at times difficult journey.