Mood swings are common during adolescence owing to the hormonal changes that accompany this phase. Some teenagers have more mood changes than others. Nevertheless, some mood swings can appear extreme and limit the teenagers’ ability to function at school and affect relationships.Bipolar disorder in adolescence is associated with extreme ‘ups and ‘downs’ of mood and are different than usual mood swings in the sense that there are significant changes in sleep, energy level, and the ability to think clearly. Also, unlike normal mood swings that occur in adolescence, bipolar mood disorder does not go away on its own.
Early diagnosis and intervention reduces the negative impact of this problem. Learning coping strategies help the teenagers control extreme mood swings.