I am normally a fairly "emotionally impulsive"TM person (sounds better than impatient or short-tempered).
But for the past few months I have been markedly crankier than usual. I am very easily irritated and I find that my mood swings quite quickly and quite often from happy and positive to grouchy and negative.
A couple of years ago my doctor thought I might be depressed so he prescribed Paxil, but I stopped taking it after a few weeks because I found out I was pregnant. The two years since then I have been “normal” for me, but these past few months have me worried.
I am stressed about money and my work situation, so it’s hard for me to judge if my mood is related to that stress, or if it’s a deeper, chemical-type issue.
How do I know? My doctor will chalk it up to stress, I’m quite sure, but I find this moodiness is impacting my work and my marriage, so I’m reluctant to be too casual about it. Help?
(If it matters, I am a 37 year old woman, happily married, and a proud mother of 1 beautiful little girl).