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What Is the Connection Between Anger and Mood Swings?

Difficulty with controlling anger can lead to high blood pressure.
Stressful situations often cause mood swings.
Difficulty concentrating and angry outbursts may signs of ADHD in children.
Bipolar and other mood disorders can lead to episodes of intense irritability and frustration.
Anger and mood swings are often seen together in people with Alzheimer's disease.
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  • Written By: B. Miller
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  • Last Modified Date: 25 August 2014
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Anger and mood swings frequently go hand in hand for a number of reasons. For many people experiencing mood swings, anger is the easiest and safest way for them to express their feelings, and is often associated with conditions such as bipolar disorder or depression. Alzheimer's disease is another condition in which anger and mood swings are often seen in conjunction with each other. Some people are simply more prone to these types of outbursts based on their personalities or the way they were raised, such as in a hostile or otherwise negative environment.

Mood swings can be caused by a number of things; hormonal changes, chemical imbalances in the brain, and changes to diet or exercise, just to name a few. Stressful or upsetting situations often cause mood swings as well, and some people simply experience them for seemingly no reason. When an individual experiences a mood swing, he or she might feel anxious, sad, or upset; often, people who do not know how to handle these feelings will find that instead, anger is the most intuitive manifestation of the emotion. Others will just find that their anger and mood swings are inextricably linked, and that any type of changes to the mood causes feelings of rage, violence, or simple annoyance.

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Mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or major depression often cause anger and mood swings as well, often in conjunction with manic episodes with those suffering from bipolar disorder or anxiety with depressed individuals. The inability to control the mood often leads to a feeling of frustration, and anger becomes a natural byproduct. Individuals with Alzheimer's are another group in which anger and mood swings are often seen in conjunction. Children with attention-deficit disorders such as ADD or ADHD might also experience angry outbursts and mood swings as they experience difficulty concentrating on or completing tasks.

There are a number of ways to attempt to prevent and deal with anger and mood swings. Some people find that eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise can help moderate the mood swings associated with stressful or upsetting events, or mood swings that seem to occur for no reason. Seeking mental health treatment such as therapy or medication may also be able to reduce the frequency of these issues. A therapist might also be able to provide strategies for preventing angry outbursts or for expressing feelings in a more productive way with other people.

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ddljohn
Post 4

When someone is angry and moody, why do we directly question their psychological health? Metabolic disorders like hypoglycemia and diabetes, high blood pressure and hormonal imbalances can also cause these problems.

I used to be angry and moody all the time before I was diagnosed with diabetes. As long as my blood sugar levels are in the normal range, I no longer experience aggressiveness. But if my blood sugar falls or rises, I get angry.

I'm also supplementing with magnesium and vitamin B complex. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies cause anger too.

fBoyle
Post 3

@turquoise-- If you stopped taking your anxiety medications recently, you might experience more anger and mood shifts because of the withdrawal affects. Anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications cause these issues. The body gets used to functioning with these drugs and it can take some time to adjust.

turquoise
Post 2

I think that figuring out the connection between anger and mood swings and their cause is very difficult. I've been experiencing these things for the past seven years or so. I'm often frustrated, become moody and yell at the people around me for no good reason. On some days, I'm fine and on others, I'm just terrible. The worst part is that I have no idea why I feel this way.

I did suffer from anxiety several years ago and was treated for it. I'm now off of my medications. But I don't think that this is the cause of my anger because I was still like this on the medications.

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