Mood changes and anxiety are normal reactions to the ups and downs of life.  Events in life can make us sad or excite us. Situations can cause us uncertainty or safety.   However, when mood and anxiety shifts are intense or long-standing it can have big impact our lives.

Everyone experiences mood and anxiety differently.  Having a sense of what is normal for you is helpful. That way you can notice when there is a change in how you cope with stress.  

Is there a change in how you react to day-to-day stress?
Do you feel that you are not the same person you once were?
Are you experiencing changes in sleep, or activity level?
Are you avoiding certain aspects of your life or doing new things to prevent negative feelings?  

If you are feeling blocked, stuck, or unsure, seeking counseling, peer support, medical attention, and/or a self care plan are potential options.

Further Reading on Mood & Anxiety
- The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution By David A. Clark and Aaron T. Beck
- Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy By David D. Burns
- Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life. By Matthew McKay PhD and Martha Davis PhD
- Overcoming Depression: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques By Paul Gilbert
- http://www.dbsalliance.org
- http://emotionsanonymous.org/