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One minute I could have a happy moment next be really unhappy why?

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Last Updated: 10/19/2020 at 10:51pm
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July 27th, 2015 4:19am
In my experience, emotional responses or mood changes are like the gauges in my car. When I experience a subtle or dramatic change - it's similar to a "low fuel" or "check engine" light coming on in my vehicle. The emotion or mood change is my notification system to do a check and perhaps engage in a little (or a lot) of self care. I'll usually begin with basics. Am I hungry, tired, stressed, stretched too thin, is a noise or smell bothering me, etc. ? Then move to more specific questions - Did something trigger a memory of a similar event, am I unhappy because I'm trying to solve someone else's problem, am I in a stressful situation & can I take a 5 minute breather and inventory what just happened? Whatever the scenario calls for, I adjust immediately if I can, or make a plan to get what I need in order to be on the path to happy again. Mood swings or emotion changes are more common than we might realize. I've also found that acknowledging and adjusting are pretty important - and extremely helpful.
October 13th, 2015 4:46pm
I personally believe emotional ups and downs are an essential part of life. Everyone on this planet has to go through great moments and also very terrible ones, and then we learn from them. We would not know what happiness is if we've never been sad, and we would not grow to be stronger if we've never had to overcome an obstacle. It's ok to cry and feel unhappy, because just like good moments aren't eternal, bad moments will pass too. :) The key is to try as best we can to pick ourselves up after being sad and enjoy every single moment of happiness we get.
November 20th, 2017 4:47pm
You might be bipolar. (Manic depression) Bipolar is a disorder where your moods change quickly. Hope this helps!
June 29th, 2015 11:58am
If you're like me who feels that more bad things happen than good, you may suddenly be unhappy when a something good occurs because you're worried that it might not last as you want it to. Sometimes this general feeling also happens when I get the anxious feeling that it's possible that I can never be this happy again or that this moment can never be the same once it's done or gone.
May 11th, 2015 7:53pm
That's tough, I experience this myself. It's strange how emotions can change so rapid, but I always try to remember that the happy moment will come back! One day, the unhappy moment will stop invading!
November 2nd, 2015 1:10pm
Borderline Personality Disorder takes patience at learning how to understand yourself and accepting your talents as much as you accept your limitations #BPD #StopTheStigma
October 26th, 2015 4:16pm
Everyone wants to be happy and no one wants to be unhappy. Just think that there is nothing like unhappiness exist. So how do we know we are happy? It's just a state of mind. Whenever I feel Happy or Unhappy I just remind myself this is just temporary, next moment could be different. So there is nothing to worry.
April 14th, 2015 3:41am
There could be a lot of reasons why. Such as bipolar depressive disorder or just something that put you over the edge. Just pick your chin up.
October 21st, 2015 4:04pm
Well, I've come to find what makes me happy is contentment. That contentment turns into something more I want in my life, which then makes me sad. So, I am configuring that happy moments isn't a sad time and being unhappy is always something you can change by having the courage to change it.
March 30th, 2015 6:06am
Life is full of ups and downs. It is common for things to change and our moods to flux. If you are troubled by this and it is something recent you might want to think about consulting an expert.
June 1st, 2015 6:21am
You might want to consult a mental health professional if you are feeling intense mood swings as this is a characteristic of several mood disorders, most notably Bipolar Disorder.
July 21st, 2020 8:22am
Because you can’t separate between a person and a feeling. They are unity and will always be related with one another. That is completely normal. The question should not be “why” but “what”. What are you going to do about it? The first step is to realize that it’s completely normal to feel unhappy, does not mean you were less of being a person. Life do always have their up and downs. And remember that nothing is permanent. Your happiness couldn’t possibly be there all the time, as well as your sorrow. You are gonna be fine. And if you are not, you know I’m always here, right?
October 19th, 2020 10:51pm
Emotions are hard to understand but easy to trigger. There are many things that are embedded in us such as past experiences, insecurities, fears, which are suppressed within us and only come out upon being triggered. Triggers are not easy to identify but can be felt by a sudden change in emotion, as the one described in this prompt. Triggers can be overbearing as the route of the new felt unpleasant emotion is hard to identify, potentially resulting in further discomfort due to a rise in anxiety. When faced with feelings like this it is important to reflect on your emotions and dissect the situation, to try to identify what has triggered you.