Studies show that women suffering from post partum mood swings may have been suffering from a similar condition prior to their childbirth or even their pregnancy. In many cases, their condition hasn’t been diagnosed, much less treated.
Pregnancy Mood Swings
Mood swings during a woman’s pregnancy is most likely to be caused by the stress of their changed situation, albeit temporary, as well as the various demands their condition imposes on them.
For one thing, pregnant women will notice distinctive changes in their appearances, most of which they may consider displeasing. This can easily lead to mood swings prompted by their insecurities. In such cases, the constant care and support of their partner and loved ones can go a long way in helping them get over their pregnancy blues.
Problems with pregnancy can also be a cause for women to experience mood swings. A woman may feel incomplete or inadequate if she has trouble conceiving. Abortion, on the other hand, especially when unplanned or forced, can burden a woman with guilt and regret which could then lead to manic mood swings.
Finally and perhaps the most common reason of all, menstruation – in all its stages or phases – could be the cause of a woman’s rapid mood swings. Although there have been no studies providing sufficient evidence for a link between depression and menstruation or menopause, it’s also likely that women who have already suffered previously from depression are more likely to suffer the same thing when they are menstruating or have reached the stage of menopause.
Pain occasionally accompanies such bodily processes and when they do, it’s not surprising that mood swings could follow right after.