Parents of adolescents may worry that when their children have a bad mood it is due to a more serious problem than simply a hormonal lack of control … But it is not always known how to differentiate when it is an emotional imbalance or when a major problem actually occurs. .
Parents should begin to consider everything that teens go through each day emotionally, physically, and socially. It is normal that sometimes they feel in a bad mood, they experience many sensations in a short time. As they reach puberty, hormones don’t help them much to have a good mood either … quite the opposite.
Tweens and teens express how they feel when they feel it. They may not tell you in words, but their actions speak to you, you just have to pay more attention to how they behave to know how they feel at any given moment. As if that were not enough, in their life they deal with a lot of stress … they are still very childish and immature, but at the same time they want to be independent and do ‘adult things’. When they combine this, it is common for them to have a volatile mood.
IS IT A MOOD DISORDER?
Occasional bad moods are not always an issue to worry about. Actually, what really should be a concern is whether it is a mood disorder. Mood disorders can emerge in adolescence. Two of the most common mood disorders that arise in adolescence are depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. Both disorders have characteristic symptoms: bad mood, irritability, apathy, sleep problems, eating disorders, tiredness or poor concentration.
You might think that mood disorders resemble the bad mood that your teenager exhibits. In reality, these disorders are relatively rare, especially in adolescents . Major depressive disorder affects at most 4% of people under the age of 18 and becomes more common with age. Bipolar disorder is even rarer at these ages, only a little more than 1% of adolescents suffer from this type of disorder. It is difficult to diagnose these types of disorders in adolescence, but doing so is really important to prevent them from worsening.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MOOD DISORDER AND BAD MOOD IN TEENS
So how can you tell if your child is suffering from a mood disorder , or is it just the stage they are going through? A key difference is the intensity of the symptoms. If your child doesn’t live or act like they always did, then maybe they should sound your alarm bells. It is necessary to monitor his social environment to know how he acts and if behavior in other contexts is normal.
If your child expresses a lot of anguish , begins to withdraw from the world and says too negative phrases or has suicidal thoughts, go to the doctor as soon as possible.
WHAT TO DO IN A NORMAL BAD MOOD
So if you think you are struggling with a case of normal teenage grumpiness, and it is likely that you are, then how do you cope? Remember that your child is not willing to torture you, but is fighting a strange cocktail of hormones, emotional instability and social conflict .
However, at the same time, you should know that it is never okay for children to hurt others with their actions, no matter what they are going through. Build their empathy by explaining how their actions affect you or other family members . Speak from feelings. Recognize that your child may not respond well at any given time, instead, in a short time, his mood will become more stable.