Everyone has fluctuating emotions and feelings. The intensity depends on the mood that varies to a greater or lesser degree ruled by a number of factors.

Science says that patterns play an important role on how our moods change, and with a little practice, we can learn to change our energies into a mere positive frame of mind.

While we don’t want to eliminate those that contribute to good moods, we can do things to eradicate the bad ones. “Some people try hard to fit other’s expectations by behaving in a certain manner that they can cause a black lash in the form of terrible moods,” a psychologist says.

“When people look at their moods they should ask themselves: What is this mood doing for me? Is it and attention-getting thing? Do I do it to justify my avoidance of social situations, sex, or work? What am I doing this for? We have to understand what makes our mood tick so that we can understand the underlying emotions, or else we will get ourselves into one of the greatest psychological problem areas – losing contact with the way we feel.”

Mood Swings

“Obviously, the first thing we should consider is whether the thoughts we are preoccupied with are healthy or unhealthy,” explains Filipino-US based psychiatrist Dr. Waldimar Alarkon. “I first look at people’s perceptions of themselves, how they see themselves, and whether they have the capacity of self-love. Naturally, if people are unhappy about their present conditions and are at war with others, they will have a low self-esteem that could lead to depression.” Depression like mood swings is another emotional hazard that accompanies a series of physical illnesses and can be considered a normal response to misfortunes of life.

According to Doctors, signs of depression include:

1) inability to find a job

2) neuro-vegetative signs like poor appetite, poor sleep, poor concentration, poor energy. In short the four major appetites for food, sleep, sex and activity are impaired.

Medication, pharmacotherapy, individual counseling, psychotherapy, group therapy, are effective forms of treatment. Dr. Alarkon points out, that another method like behavioral modification is more practical for some patients. The process changes negative thoughts to positive methods. In addition, the more popular among all methods is the Freudian influence called the “talk therapy.”

How to Fight Out

We do not have to be afraid of bad moods, however. These are normal part of living. But an interesting facet of moods is the way we tend to try to get away form them. We want to eliminate any feeling of mental discomfort, rather than find out what is causing it. People want a magic pill that they can swallow for every problem instead of finding out what they can do to help themselves.