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What’s behind the mood swings
Puberty brings a lot of changes for your child not only physically, but socially, mentally and emotionally too. Things that can impact on your child’s mood and the way they feel, include:
Lack of sleep
Conflict with family
Feeling scared or alone
Increased decision making
Mood swings vs depression
If your child is continually feeling down it may be a sign of something else
It’s important to keep in mind that severe and prolonged mood swings may be a sign of depression or a mental health issue.
Three key areas to help distinguish between normal mood swings and something more serious include:
- Duration – moods lasting more than two weeks
- Severity – significant changes in behaviour, feelings and thoughts
- Impact – affecting many areas of their life (home, school, friendships)
If you’re noticing these signs, it’s important to talk with your child and seek support from your GP.
There’s help available
You don’t have to face this difficult time alone
There is a Parentline service in each State and Territory that provides counselling and guidance on any parenting issue. Try calling them for more individualised support and strategies.
If you are looking for more digital services and resources, check out Head to Health.
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