Mood Swings and Drug Abuse

What are Mood Swings? Can They Be an Effect of Drug Abuse?

Mood swings are a major indicator of emotional distress, which can have a wide variety of causes. Research indicates that one of the leading factors in mood swings is drug abuse. The PMC study found that more than 60 percent of their survey respondents who used drugs to cope with their emotions reported they had significant mood swings as an effect.

Symptoms like irritability, restlessness, and an inability to concentrate can also be a result of substance abuse-related mood swings. It’s important to remember that drug abuse can lead to more intense and frequent episodes of depression and mania, so it’s essential to seek help if symptoms become unmanageable.

We would like to share here one personal story by Carol E. Watkins which portrays the relation between mood swings and drug abuse very well.

One Story

“Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Which came first, the drugs or the mood swings? Too often, I have to figure this out. His parents or teachers sent him to see me because he has had mood swings, verbal explosions, and sleep problems. The drug screen comes back positive for cocaine and marijuana, and the garbage can search reveals empty wine bottles.

He has a problem with drugs and alcohol. He has mood swings. Drugs can cause mood swings. On the other hand, someone with depression or mania may use drugs to take away the pain of uncontrollable mood changes. Figuring out the answer often requires some expert detective work. He needs to open up and give me a detailed, honest history. His family members must also be frank about their own drug and psychiatric histories. No more secrets.

Adolescents may abuse drugs for a variety of reasons. These often include peer group pressure, parental drug and alcohol use, depression, or just a desire for a new experience. No adolescent should use alcohol or illegal drugs. However, there are certain individuals who are at increased risk. These individuals should be cautious even as adults.

Some people can drink for quite a while before running into problems. Others have problems after that first drink. If close family members have had problems with drugs or alcohol, you are at increased risk. If you are depressed or already have trouble with mood swings, you are more likely to become addicted and may have more trouble getting off drugs.

There is evidence that drug use may cause an individual with a biological tendency toward bipolar disorder to develop the illness earlier in life. High school is difficult enough; you don’t need this too. Talk to a trusted adult and get help early”.

Bottom line

Drug addiction can be a difficult thing to break—the physical and psychological cravings for the substance can seem overwhelming at times. But the potential harm to our bodies and lives cannot be understated. For those looking for help, here are five arguments why a person should seek to stop consuming drugs regularly: 1) To improve physical wellbeing;

2) To reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases caused by drugs;

3) To prevent damaging cognitive functions such as memory, concentration, and motivation;

4) To save money that would otherwise be spent on drugs;

5) To support relationships with friends and family members.

Combating drug addiction is no small task, but understanding why one needs to stop using drugs is an invaluable part of overcoming any reliance on them. With diligent effort and willpower, ending a drug addiction is absolutely possible.