When your teen’s moodiness is cause for concern.
Mood swings and teens really do go hand-in-hand. Along with the hormonal fluctuations, teens are trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into this world, and that can cause a bit of an emotional roller coaster. However there are signs to be aware of that a teen’s mood swings are abnormal explains Ron Clavier, author of Teen Brain, Teen Mind.“If your teenager is becoming cruel to their sibling, or to you, or to someone in school, a classmate, or a friend, that’s something to watch for. And then there’s a depressive kind of reaction, where they withdraw, quite clearly from the world, they lose interest in what they used to be interested in.”When teens are feeling blue, it’s important to let them know you care. “Communication is always the answer, telling your child that you notice them, you see them, that you’re worried something’s wrong and that you’re prepared to talk and listen and hear. Never let them think that you don’t see them.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Ron Clavier, author of Teen Brain, Teen Mind. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.