Mood swings and depression

Hormonal fluctuations occurring in adolescence and the changes in their brains cause changes in young people's moods.  This can be quite shocking for parents and many fear that their child is depressed.  

 Signs of depression


We all experience depressed or sad moods. Clinical depression occurs when a person has depressed moods more days than not over a two week period, along with other key symptoms, such as

  • withdrawing from previously enjoyed activities
  • loss of appetite or increased appetite
  • sleep disturbance such as sleeping a lot or inability to sleep
  • irritability
  • poor concentration
  • low motivation
  • low energy levels and fatigue

Note that in children and adolescents, they may present with an irritable mood rather than a sad mood.