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Does My Mother Have a Mood Disorder?

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My mother flips her mood in an instant. For instance she will be angry and say she’s hungry then say she doesn’t want to eat. In another example she’s happy and instantly she immediately gets angry because she notices the back door is cracked. She takes being corrected as an insult. I don’t observe any depression, just happiness or normal acting to immediate anger. I don’t notice any disorganization or inability to complete tasks. I do notice a “hyperactivity” in focus and her working intently on cleaning specifically. Examples: She picked sand one by one out of the carpet at a condo at a beach once. She also cleaned a bathroom at a campsite with a toothbrush once for hours. I cannot research anything that fits this. Could this be some sort of Mood disorder?

Does My Mother Have a Mood Disorder?

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Unfortunately, I don’t have enough information to know precisely what might be wrong with your mother. You should encourage her to consult a mental health professional. Her having an evaluation would be the best way to determine if she has a mood disorder or another mental illness.

Another strategy to convince your mother to seek treatment might be suggesting family therapy. She might be willing to seek help if other members of the family do too. Family therapy might be a great opportunity to address these problems and get answers to your questions.

If she’s unwilling to seek treatment, then there’s little else that you can do. If you find her behaviors especially challenging, you might consider individual counseling. It is not uncommon for people to enter individual counseling for family problems. These relationships can be difficult to navigate, especially in cases when a loved one has an obvious mental health problem that’s impacting the family but isn’t willing to seek help for it. You might find counseling to be helpful and stress-reducing. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

Does My Mother Have a Mood Disorder?

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). Does My Mother Have a Mood Disorder?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 25, 2019, from
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