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The Ups and Downs: Mood Swings

Shifts in mood happen to us all, but extreme highs and lows can be a sign of a change in brain health.

Moods shift. Sometimes we feel great, sometimes we don’t. Many factors impact how we feel from one day or moment to the next. A tough day at work can put us in a bad mood; a fun weekend can make us happy. Our brains are always at work and chemical factors, including hormones, can affect mood in ways big and small. Severe highs and lows can be a cause for concern—especially if the mood swings are impacting day-to-day functioning. CTStronger has free resources to help.

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In an emergency, or if you need immediate medical attention, call 911. If you feel like you want to hurt yourself or another person, call 911. If you are looking for treatment, help is available. Call the Action Line 1-800-467-3135.