Mood Swings, Aggression, Depression – It’s Not a Phase
August 28, 2018
The teen years can be a roller coaster of accelerated hormones, plummeting moods and startling behaviors. Thankfully, most adolescents manage to stay on track.
But how do you know if normal teenage angst has turned the corner into clinical anxiety? If teen aggression is endangering their development? Or worse, if moodiness is putting them at risk for suicide?
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five young adults lives with a mental health condition, while 50 percent of all lifetime mental illnesses begins by age 14.
"If you’re worried, tell someone," said Hugo Gonzalez, MD, CHI Health psychiatrist. "An easy first step is to talk with your doctor to rule out other physical health conditions, then ask for help finding a mental health specialist. Anxiety and depression are serious problems – not something teens are going to outgrow. Getting the right help early is extremely important."
Seek professional help if:
- Your child’s behavior interferes with daily life or the family’s functioning.
- Disagreements about your child strain your marriage or partnership.
- Your other children are unhappy, frightened or upset by a sibling’s behavior/response to behavior.
More from this issue:
- Pressure Doesn’t Make Perfect: Beware Sky-High Expectations
- Rude, Mean or Worse? Always Take the Kind Road
- Helicopter No More: Be Present without Hovering
- Mood Swings, Aggression, Depression – It’s Not a Phase
- Set Limits for Strong Kids
- Under Your Influence: Parents Play Vital Role in Kids’ Alcohol, Drug Use
- Vaping and Juuling: A Trend on Fire
- Building Kids Up: The Parents' Role
- When Those Facebook Friends Aren’t Your Friends After All
- Cutting: An Explainer
- Why Doesn’t Anyone Like Me?
- Teen Suicide: An Alarming Trend
- Trophy-Free Self-Esteem: Get It with Grit
- Empower Your Kids to Handle Peer Pressure
- Simple Ways to Break the Silence – Conversation Starters
- Mental Illness: 10 Warning Signs
- Break Free: Releasing Anxiety's Grip