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Mood swings! >:( Help :(

Discussion in 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)' started by _Lukas, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. _Lukas

    _Lukas Active Member

    Are mood swings common with PTSD and C-PTSD and other trauma-related disorders? Especially in the later stages?

    Lately I've been having a lot of mood swings and my anger escalates really quickly and suddenly. I don't think this is healthy or normal. Earlier tonight I was ranting about something that happened at work, and all of a sudden Dave (my fiance) took a few steps back from me and held up his hands and was like "Whoa..." :eek: He said my pupils were really dilated and I was breathing really heavily.
    One minute I'll be totally fine, like I'll be sitting there watching YouTube videos, and then a few minutes later I'll remember something that happened to me years ago and randomly get mad about it and start ranting and yelling about it, or sometimes I just get really sad and cry.
    Sometimes when I have flashbacks, I feel this really intense anger or depression afterwards and then it's all just a downward spiral from there.
    I don't understand what's happening to me... :(
  2. Rinka

    Rinka Moderator Staff Member

    Yes those are the signs for PTSD.
    You seemed to have encountered some trigger points. Also I think you mentioned that you are stressed due to the planning of the wedding, the cousin and work. Those can be triggers as well.
    I think when you are a bit more settled your moods will ease off.
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  3. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    I think that @Rinka is right and that when you are settled your moods will ease. Flashbacks are horrible I know because I get them most days myself. They always send me into a tizzy. Try to remember to do grounding exercises when you have flashbacks, it may help. And if you want to cry, then cry! Crying doesn't make you weak or a bad person. Crying releases those emotions. Keep them in, and that's when we get angry and irritable.
  4. _Lukas

    _Lukas Active Member

    Thank you for the advice, ladies :)

    I'm sure it's just the stress of the wedding and buying a house and all the crap that's going on at work that's getting to me.

    @janemariesayed , I'm sorry you have flashbacks too :( Flashbacks are horrible :(

    I'm trying my best not to keep my emotions in because if I hold everything in for too long I get angry and explode. :/

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