A: I’m glad that you are noticing a problem and are trying to figure out what is going on with you. That is the first step. Unfortunately, I can’t be sure either, but I do think it wouldn’t hurt to be evaluated by a professional. At first I thought, maybe she’s just exhausted from staying up two nights in a row and then she crashed after all the mental and physical energy expended. However, when you said you have noticed the pattern for a year, that’s a different story.
You reported that you are 18 years old, and from my experience, physical and emotional mood swings that are hormonally driven are more typical in the early teens. Some of the symptoms could be accounted for by a psychological disorder, such as cyclothymic or bipolar disorder, but again, the only way to know would be to be evaluated by a mental health professional. Your college or university most likely has a student health center as well as a counseling center. I’d suggest getting a complete work-up, both physically and psychologically, to address the concerns you are having.
College is difficult and requires a great deal of concentration, so I hope that you can get some answers soon to the mood and energy changes that you have been experiencing.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts