How can I stop my mood swings and tiredness?

I often feel sad or angry for no reason, my mood swings are getting worse and I find the smallest of things can upset me. I sometimes feel like everything is on top of me. I am also feeling tired constantly and rarely have any energy left at the end of the day. Is there anything I can take to help me, such as vitamins?

Research has suggested there is a link between nutrition and mental wellbeing. According to the Mental Health Foundation, the mood swings and irritability you describe could be linked to a lack of vitamin B6, magnesium and selenium in your diet. The relationship between diet and emotional health is interesting. A balanced diet (including all the food groups, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables) keeps the body healthy, but can also be important to keep the mind balanced. As well as trying to stick to a healthy diet, it can be helpful to take moderate exercise and get enough sleep. Additionally, you should try to avoid drugs and alcohol and aim to reduce stress in your life as much as possible.

You say your mood swings are getting worse, which sounds distressing. It may be worth considering the feelings you describe, as they may be symptoms of other underlying issues. Although askTheSite is not able to make a diagnosis, being moody and irritable, easily upset, cross or tearful, tired and lacking energy can relate to depression or other mental health issues.

People can become depressed for a variety of reasons, for example, as a reaction to a difficult situation, or experiences of bereavement, childhood events, stress or relationship difficulties. It may be helpful to spend time considering any possible reasons for your feelings to see if you can identify anything causing you to feel upset. However, you may find you cannot think of anything in particular and it’s not always possible to find a reason. Other causes of depression are more physical, like a hormone imbalance, changes in brain chemistry or blood sugar levels.

As well as considering the option of taking vitamin supplements, it might be worth visiting your local doctor (GP) to discuss your situation. Many treatments are available for depression, such as medication and talking therapies and your GP will be able to talk to you about these. Youth Access also provides information about getting counselling (for young people aged 14-25).

If you haven’t discussed how you’re feeling with anyone you may find that talking with trusted friends and family can help. This may also give friends or family members a better insight into the situation, helping them to offer you more effective support and understanding. But, understandably, this can seem hard and if you feel uncomfortable talking to them right now, you might like to consider talking in confidence and without judgement to a volunteer at SANELINE on 0845 767 8000. The helpline is available to anyone experiencing a mental health issue and you would be able to talk through the feelings and worries you have.

Answered by SANE on 30-Oct-2013

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