Why Am I In Such A Bad Mood Most Of The Time?

When it comes to your mood then there are possibilities of mood swings like happiness, boredom, anger, impatience etc. Moderate mood swings are fine but when there is an extreme mood swing lie feeling too much irritable or short-tempered, it could be something to worry about. It could be depression also. Feeling of too much boredom or hopelessness can also be a sign of depression. Most of the people think that depression means just feeling extremely sad, but it’s not so. There are many moods and feelings which can indicate depression, like too many mood swings, anger, impatience or even apathy.

Why Am I In Such A Bad Mood Most Of The Time?

Why Am I In Such A Bad Mood Most Of The Time?

If you feel that you are always in a bad mood there could be many medical reasons behind it. When the situation becomes extremely complicated you need to check out for one or more reasons given below:

Thyroid Disorder. Thyroid gland is known as the “master gland” of our body and is responsible for controlling many functions of the body like maintaining weight, body temperature, healthy skin, overall metabolism etc. So it is obvious that even a slight disturbance in its functioning can alter the mood. Over activity of thyroid can lead to anxiety and make you feel nervous while an underactive thyroid gland can lead to boredom and sadness. A simple blood test can help you to conclude about your thyroid activity and medications for the same can control your mood up to large extent.

Initial Stage Of Diabetes. Diabetes has affected more than 40% people all over the world and there are about 20 million patients alone in the U.S. Improper glucose metabolism leads to either low blood sugar or extremely high level of blood sugar. Low blood sugar levels leads to anger and distress. Unbalanced sugar level leads to imbalanced of chemicals in the brain like serotonin. Such condition leads to anger, aggression, confusion and sometimes panic attacks. Again a simple blood sugar test can help you to know the condition. Changes in food habits and lifestyle can control the sugar level and also balance your mood.

Lack Of Sleep. Are you getting enough sleep? If the answer is ‘No’ then it could be a probable reason for your bad mood. We all know the advantages of a sound sleep but still we don’t realize the negative affects happening on us because of inadequate sleep. It’s not just the matter of number of hours you sleep but also the quality of sleep you are taking. If in spite of taking adequate sleeping hours still your mood is not fresh, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. For diagnosing sleep apnea doctors may suggest a simple sleep study, physical exam or a medical history, it is quite common and can be treated easily.

Battling Chronic Pain. Chronic medical problems can lead to irritation and bad mood. If you too are suffering from chronic pain and are not getting relief even after medication then you should probably contact a good physician or try some other ways of getting rid of the medical conditions. People with chronic pain may feel uncomfortable all the time and results in bad mood. However, if the patient is undergoing medications for chronic pain and taking opioid painkillers, mood swings and irritation can be just side effects.

Vitamin D Deficiency. If you are always inside your house during the day and come out only at night then you are deprived of enough sunlight. No sunlight means deficiency of Vitamin D which could lead to a number of chronic disorders including depression. Make sure you have enough time to be out in the sun so that your body can synthesize enough vitamin D.


If you or someone around you is always in a bad mood, there could be a number of reasons. Few of the most common reasons are listed above. Apart from these there can be other reasons as well which need to be identified, diagnosed and treated. Bad mood is something not to worry about a lot but it’s also not something to completely ignore.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 8, 2019

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