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Moodiness Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Moodiness. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long has there been a problem with moodiness?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. If female, does the moodiness vary with the menstrual cycle?

    Why: may suggest premenstrual tension where mood changes begin from 2 to 14 days before menstruation and are relieved immediately when menstrual flow begins.

  3. Can you think of any reason why you have a problem with moodiness?

    Why: e.g. severe loss, such as the death of a loved one, marital separation or financial loss. Note that moodiness and depression may develop for no apparent reason.

  4. Do you feel that you are coping well?
  5. Has anything changed in your life?
  6. What are your stressors at the moment?

    Why: questions specifically about relationship, family, children, social support, occupation, general physical health and financial stresses. Significant stressors may cause moodiness or may increase the risk of depression and insomnia.

  7. What is the age of the person with moodiness?

    Why: e.g. it is common for the hormonal changes in puberty to cause moodiness; depression can have bizarre features in the elderly and may be misdiagnosed as dementia or psychosis. Agitated depression is the most frequent type of depression in the elderly. Other symptoms in the elderly may include histrionic behavior, delusions and disordered thinking.

  8. Has the thought of hurting yourself or ending your life occurred to you?

    Why: it is important for the doctor to know if you are a suicide risk.

  9. Recent medical history?

    Why: medical illness is an important precipitant of moodiness and depression, especially in the elderly. Depression with chronic fatigue syndrome may follow an illness such as glandular fever or influenza or may follow an operation or childbirth.

  10. Past psychiatric history?

    Why: certain mental illnesses known to cause moodiness include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, mania and personality disorders.

  11. Medications?

    Why: some medications may increase the risk of mood changes e.g. beta-blockers, anti-Parkinson drugs, corticosteroids, anti-cancer drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, combined oral contraceptive pill, progesterone-only contraceptives.

  12. Alcohol history?

    Why: Alcohol abuse may cause moodiness and also increase the risk of major depression.

  13. Illicit drug use?

    Why: many illicit drugs may increase the risk of moodiness and personality change.

  14. Family history?

    Why: e.g. depression, anxiety, bipolar affective disorder.

  15. Symptoms of depression?

    Why: e.g. depressed mood, lability of mood, crying spells, irritability, anhedonia (loss of interest or pleasure), increase or decrease in appetite (usually decreased), weight loss or gain, insomnia or increased sleeping (usually early morning waking), fatigue, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, feelings of excessive guilt, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, low libido, thoughts of death or suicide attempt.

  16. Symptoms of Manic-depression?

    Why: e.g. episodes of depression (often psychotic in intensity) and at other times episodes of psychotic excitement (mania or hypomania). Symptoms of psychotic excitement may include elevation of mood, lability of mood, increased activity, grandiose ideas, irritability, disinhibition (which affects social, sexual and financial behavior), rapid speech and racing thought, delusions (persecutory or grandiose) and sometimes hallucinations.

  17. Symptoms of anxiety?

    Why: e.g. nervousness, shakiness, tremor, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, poor concentration, heart palpitations, racing heart, sweating, dizziness, diarrhea, lump in throat and frequency of urination.

  18. Psychotic symptoms?

    Why: e.g. hallucinations, delusions, disordered thought - may assist in differentiating schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and severe psychotic depression.

  19. Symptoms of brain tumor?

    Why: e.g. headache, dementia, seizures, stroke-like symptoms, irritability, depression.

  20. Symptoms of menopause?

    Why: e.g. hot flushes, night sweats, heart palpitations, lightheadedness, dry vaginal, dry skin, headaches - Menopause may also present with depression and moodiness.

  21. Symptoms of dementia?

    Why: e.g. impaired memory, impaired judgement and thinking, impaired verbal fluency and impaired ability to perform complex tasks. Personality may change, impulse control may be lost and personal care deteriorates. People with dementia may also have psychiatric symptoms such as delusions, paranoid ideas, hallucinations, mood disturbance and behavioral disturbance.

  22. Symptoms of hypothyroidism?

    Why: e.g. husky voice, tiredness, weight gain, constipation, cold intolerance, loss of hair - Hypothyroidism may also present with depression and mood changes.

  23. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism?

    Why: e.g. loose bowel motions, intolerance to heat, sweating of hands, muscle weakness, increased appetite, weight loss, heart palpitations, emotional lability - Hyperthyroidism may also present with depression and mood changes.

  24. Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome

    Why: e.g. weight gain especially central abdominal, change of appearance, moon-like face, thin skin, easy bruising, excessive facial hair growth, acne, muscle weakness, lack of or rare menstrual periods, poor libido, psychosis, insomnia, frequent urination, excessive thirst - Cushing's syndrome may also present with depression and mood changes.

  25. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?

    Why: e.g. loud snoring, daytime sleepiness and fatigue, unrefreshed sleep, restless sleep, morning headache, nocturnal choking, mood changes, reduced libido.

  26. Symptoms of premenstrual tension?

    Why: e.g. a group of physical, psychological and behavioral changes which begin from 2 to 14 days before menstruation and are relived immediately when menstrual flow begins. Symptoms may include depressed mood, irritability, tiredness, headache, bloating, breast tenderness, tension and aggression.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Moodiness:

The following list of conditions have 'Moodiness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Moodiness:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Moodiness' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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