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are mood wings normal for a teenager?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Many teenagers have mood swings. You should watch for signs of more serious depression, such as suicidal thoughts or plans.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Moods: Also, signs of aggression, verbal or physical, that are unprovoked or out of context to the situation at hand, along with changes in sleep patterns.
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 16 years experience
They can be: While mood swings are normal for teenagers and associated with hormonal changes in adolescence, parents should pay attention to whether mood issues are inhibiting their child's functioning, ability to study and enjoyment of activities. If parents notice tha their children are suffering, they should take them to see a psychiatrist specializing in adolescent health.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Teenager moods: To an extent, unless interfering with daily functioning, then evaluation is warranted.

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What effects can diet have on my mood while pregnant?

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Calcium is mood food: Calcium, 500-600 mg in the morning and the same dose in the evening might be a mood stabilizer. You need to divide it up and not take it all at once. Any calcium is fine, though you will see debates on which is 'best.' i think that if it fits your taste test, your convenience test and your finance test then it has past the test for you!
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What are the risks of being pregnant as a teen?

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How common are mood disorders among teen girls?

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Very: May be higher than thought- all teenagers are moody but if it is causing decrease in function seek a professional psychiatrist.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is Trileptal approved by the fda to be a mood stabilizer?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not yet: Trileptal is used as a mood stabilizer "off label" from fda approved uses. This doesn't mean it's not effective, it means the fda hasn't seen enough research to approve its use as a mood stabilizer. Many clinicians have seen benefits from Trileptal in stabilizing mood. Ultimately it's up to your doctor consulting with you to chose the best medication for your individual problem.
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How to lessen one's mood swings off meds?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Why off meds?: Practice good coping skills and self care. Exercise can help with depressed mood and sleep is critical to keeping mood stable. Utilize psychotherapy - cbt in particular has been shown to be effective with the treatment of mood disorders. If you were previously on medications for mood stabilization i would want to know why you are now off them and are you under a doctors care?

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