“Oh! My child is so cranky”, “I am fade up with the moody behaviour of my kid”, “I don’t know how to control the aggression of my child?” If you are a parent frequently coming across such expressions or thoughts in your mind, it’s time to think for your teenager child and design ways to control his mood swings.
Teens, apart from the usual physical changes, also face a lot many things that sometimes feel unbearable to them. The loads of homework, mess among friends, craze to learn and copy new things, attraction towards new relationships etc put them into a state of mental confusion, irritation, and what we usually call as mood swings. This is not a mental illness, but gradually can develop into teen depression if not handled carefully.
Identify when your kid needs help
As a parent, you should be conscious enough to draw a line between the near-to-normal and extreme behaviour of your child. Watch out for the depression symptoms, manic depression and other factors that are now surging in your child. It is possible that your child’s appetite has gone down, he is not sleeping properly, showing low energy levels, getting irritated quickly, and loves being alone. Mild changes are ok, but big swings need medical attention and going for a medical advice or counselling may help.
What can you do?
Care is not needed only for small babies. Even grown up teens need a lot of care and concern. You should be watchful about their rest time, sleeping time, diet and nutrition. A set bedtime is needed and it is observed that kids sleeping late are more prone to depression. So make sure you child is getting enough sleep.
Take care of your child’s food and do not let them skip the meals and binge on junk food. A properly fed body nourishes a healthy mind and reduces the chances of many other illnesses.
Also, engaging in physical activities and maintaining a fit body will keep a number of mood disorders at bay. However, never let the problem to get adjusted itself. It may lead to some serious condition afterwards. So, meeting a therapist or medical practitioner is always advisable.
The next big thing you can do to handle the mood swings of your child is to give him/her time. Try to understand their logics, never impose your things on their though process, don’t let them sit alone for too long, and try to talk what all goes in their lives. A little medical intervention along with your emotional involvement will certainly bring some change.