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    Mood Swings: Normal or Something Else?

    The last two weeks have been busy for me, and I like to be busy.

    My energy levels were sufficient enough to carry me through that time, but then it all kind of mellowed down and I was extensively tired, moody, and not good company; I just wanted to be by myself.

    I am aware that people have their good days and not so good ones, and that a positive outlooks is important. I am just not sure if one week which has been happy and full of endorphins, and then the next week I am completely low, have no energy left and am starting to sink into that cave of pessimism.

    Sometimes I suppose that some minerals in the body might be low, but which ones and what can I do to not feel so deflated, and is it relatively normal or related to something more severe (like depression or bipolar disorder)?
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    A couple of thoughts:

    (1) It might help if you talked with an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) - you can find one here: http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/find-an-apd .

    An APD will be able to review your diet with you and suggest possible improvements - if there are "some minerals in the body might be low" an APD will be able to help with that.

    (2) Your mood fluctuations *might* indicate Bipolar Disorder. I suggest that you talk with your GP about this. S/he will be able to draw up what is called a Mental Health Care Plan with you.

    A MHCP will give you a number of Medicare-subsidised sessions with mental health professionals. A psychiatrist will be able to do an assessment to see whether or not you have Bipolar Disorder. If so, s/he will be able to discuss appropriate treatment with you.

    All the best.

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