Ways to Control Adult ADHD Mood Swings

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Adult ADHD mood swings – wow, where do I even begin? As someone waiting on an official assessment for Bipolar-II Disorder to accompany my ADHD diagnosis, I know all about shifts in mood.

I am currently on a new medication used for Bipolar depression called “Latuda,” and I’m by no means pro-meds, but wow, is it helping me, even at the codydramol lowest dose! My wife and my doctor heavily suspect that I’m also Bipolar-II, which is why I’m being assessed for it. I’m also creating a blog like this one, specifically geared to people with Bipolar itself, but that’s another topic. Let me cut straight to the heart of today’s post:

Tools for controlling Adult ADHD mood swings:

– Therapy

– Medication

– Self-Acceptance

– Exercise

– Other Creative Outlets (Healthy Ones)

– Mindfulness/Meditation

– Proper Eating Habits for Stable Blood-Sugar Levels

– Being properly diagnosed!

– Others I’m just not thinking of right now

Yes, this list is general and at times inter-woven a bit, but we need to start at the beginning, with a big-picture view after taking a few deep breaths and opening our minds. I make it sound simple, but you and I both know that working through a mood can feel like a life or death struggle at times, it’s so viciously intense, so clear and real to us at the time. I totally admit that and know it like the back of my hand, I’ve been through so many moments of mood swings at the age of 38.

Think about it: as long as we’re alive, we’re going to experience mood swings of varying severity for any number of reasons. Getting our moods under control is the key – not trying to “prevent them,” as much as these tools can also definitely minimize the instances of major shifts in how we feel. The way I see it, I’m human, and I don’t put the pressure on myself to be “perfect,” whatever the heck that is….No. I’m a human being, and I choose to put my focus on ways to work through the moods, not to deny them or resist them. Any time I’ve tried to resist a mood swing, it only gets worse, making me angrier than I’d be if I accepted it’s hold on me right from the get-go.

No – the only way to keep yourself making good choices and avoiding self-sabotage is through recognizing the mood (which takes real self-insight and honesty) and proceeding accordingly. This is highly subjective, and if the mood is a manic one, you won’t want it to end sometimes. For example: I get very positive and determined about building this blog, speaking to audiences as I’m preparing to do (such as grad/undergrad students at The University of Toronto and The United Way, for example) and getting my story published through a traditional book deal. However, I have “crashed” a few times in the past (not too distant in the latest case), and I am now committed to monthly counseling sessions for literally the rest of my life in an effort to stay on track once and for all!

I’m also getting thoroughly tested for Bipolar-II, as previously mentioned, and am on the new medication. I am leaving no stone un-turned (I also make sure I eat in a healthy way to keep blood-glucose stable), though I do love food, so it is what it is – pick your battles, I suppose.

My point? Challenge yourself to recognize when you might be in a mood shift, whether manic or otherwise. “Manic” doesn’t have to mean you’re extremely high, either. “Hypomania” is a very real symptom of Bipolar-II, and it’s a less-intense form of full mania in Bipolar-I Disorder.