Mood Disorders or Swings?
Teenage Mood Swings
Mood disorders are general emotional states or moods that are distorted or inconsistent with circumstances and interfere with an individual’s ability to function. Teenage mood swings may be mood disorders, although the cause of adolescent mood disorders is not well known.
Symptoms of Adolescent Mood Swings
A teen experiencing adolescent mood swings may be extremely sad, empty, or irritable (depressed). However, they may have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy, overly energetic and excitable, unable to sleep, grandiose (mania). Accordingly, there are several different mood disorders that can be accurately identified and treated.
The Harvard Health Blog points out three key indicators to monitor that distinguish normal moodiness from something more serious:
- Severity of symptoms. Extreme mood or behavior changes, feelings of loneliness or worthlessness, and perceptual disturbance (hallucinations) may indicate a more serious problem.
- Duration of symptoms. When a bad night at home turns into bad weeks or months, this indicates the potential for a more serious issue.
- Where symptoms occur. When the mood swings start moving between home, school, and extracuricular activities, this could indicate a disorder.
Teenage Mood Swings are Treatable
Treatment of mood disorders in teens varies based on age, symptoms, physical health, and severity of the condition. Diagnosis is especially important as mood swings can be symptoms of more severe mood disorders. Please schedule a no-cost assessment.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia emphasizes that treatment for mood disorders varies by individual. Treatment may include individual or group therapy. Family and school involvement as a supportive role to remove stressors that may be triggering may be recommended. Medication is a viable addition to most treatment regimes if the mood swing is determined to have brain chemistry imbalances are included in the diagnosis.
True Health Center for Emotional Wellness can assess and treat teenage mood swings and adolescent mood disorders.
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