If you're contented one moment, then sad the next, then angry, then joyous, then irritable, you're suffering from moodiness, or changeable moods.

Artists and poets and other creative types are often noted, fairly or not, for their moodiness. (We sometimes call them "mercurial," which means almost the same thing). But everyone suffers from moodiness every once in a while: teenagers besieged by hormones, toddlers who don't get their way, or anyone suffering from an overload of stress. Sometimes moodiness can also mean "gloominess."

Definitions of moodiness
  1. noun
    a sullen gloomy feeling
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    glumness, moroseness, sullenness
    a gloomy ill-tempered feeling
    type of:
    distemper, ill humor, ill humour
    an angry and disagreeable mood
  2. noun
    having temperamental and changeable moods
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    type of:
    disposition, temperament
    your usual mood
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