Anxiety is its own emotion. It's this reaction as though you're facing some type of fear, even though there isn't necessarily any fear causing the issue at hand. All types of anxiety are related to this response to danger, even though the symptoms, causes, and triggers are different.
But yet many people with anxiety also become moody. Moodiness with anxiety may not seem like it makes much sense since anxiety is already an emotion in many ways. But it makes a great deal of sense once you understand more about your anxiety.
Moodiness = Anxiety?
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Causes of Anxiety Moodiness
Moodiness doesn't necessarily have a specific cause. Your experiences also play a role in feeling moody. For example, enough bad days from anxiety and it's no surprise you may feel a little down or emotional. To see how the severity and frequency of your anxiety affect treatment, take my free 7-minute anxiety test now.
Because moodiness is also subjective in some ways, it's impossible to directly respond to your moodiness. However, here are some of the following potential causes:
- Neurotransmitter Changes Anxiety affects the production of neurotransmitters in your brain. These are chemicals that influence mood. Interestingly, when the neurotransmitters have changed, they can also lead to changes in your ability to regulate emotion. That may lead to becoming more emotional.
- Stress and Frustration Anxiety is also a frustrating disorder and one that puts you more on edge. As a result, you may find you're more easily affected by other things since they "bring you over the edge" on certain emotions. Anxiety may also cause physical symptoms that reduce your quality of life by a significant degree. This can also lead to moodiness simply because you're more unhappy.
- Hormonal Changes In ways that are still not entirely understood, anxiety can also affect hormones. Hormones, like neurotransmitters, play a role in emotional regulation, stress control, and more. So when they are "out of sync," anxiety may be the result.
There are actually some hormonal issues like menopause and puberty that can lead to moodiness as well, but most people know when they're going through these issues for other reasons.
Can Moodiness Be Controlled?
If your moodiness is brought on by anxiety, the only way to control it with any certainty is to stop your anxiety. But in the meantime, consider the following tips:
- Surround Yourself With Humor Humor is the cure to negative emotions, and distraction is important for controlling anxiety. Do your best to watch genuinely lighthearted and humorous shows, listen to humorous podcasts, hang out with your funny friends, read funny books, and more. Do your best to always bring humor to your life no matter how badly you're struggling, as this provides some emotional control that is valuable for the way you feel.
- Exercise Exercise calms the mind and body and releases endorphins - a neurotransmitter that improves mood. Exercise itself also provides a mental break that is useful for reducing sadness and anger. Make sure you're exercising often.
- Embracing the Anxiety Lots of moodiness comes from trying to hold back your anxiety while still dealing with the world around you. For example, you may be suffering from panic and have a friend talk to you, and be upset at that friend. That's because you're holding so much inside that your emotions tend to spill out. If you're suffering from anxiety, be okay with it. Don't be afraid to tell people around you what's going on. That will keep you out of your own head and reduce some of the pressure you're feeling with your emotions.
You'll still need a comprehensive strategy to stop your anxiety. I strongly recommend you take my free 7-minute anxiety test now. This test is a great way to make sure that you learn how to control your anxiety and your emotions.
Author: Micah Abraham, BSc Psychology, last updated Dec 07, 2017.