What causes teenage mood swings?
Sometimes a parent will describe their child (my teenage patient) as a ‘typical moody teenager’. Unfortunately our society seems to think that teenage mood swings are normal and put it all down to hormones. The fact is though that not all teenagers are moody – so what makes some moody and others continue to behave as normal?
Are Hormones Really to Blame?
Yes hormones have something to do with it. Hormones however are not directly responsible for teenage mood swings but instead it is the effect of the hormones on the blood that highlights that there is a problem with the body’s cooling mechanism.
What many parents are quite oblivious to, is the fact that hormones heat up the blood. Your previously calm child is now irritable, anxious, may have lost their confidence, may be acting bizarrely trying out crazy make-up, using drugs, behaving in a manner that you simply cannot understand.
You may try reasoning with them but if you knew how they felt you would see how pointless this can be.
How Your Child Really Feels
Hot blood gives them a feeling of being uncomfortable in their own skin. It makes them over analyse everything. Everybody annoys them. They are unhappy with themselves. They want to try out new things to make them feel better. They hate all their clothes and only feel good in new clothes – (thought process) new clothes may just make them feel better about themselves. Their skin crawls which can make them want to shower a lot. They struggle to pay attention at school. They may come across as having an attitude problem but in reality they just feel awful. Some days they may feel great and behave in a normal manner only to spiral back to feeling awful again.
You may feel frustrated by their behaviour but be assured you do not feel as bad as they do.
For a teenager this can be extremely difficult to cope with. As a parent however there is something positive that you can do to resolve teenage mood swings.
Take Some Positive Steps to Allow Your Child to Feel Great again!
The body uses calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and Vitamin D to neutralise acid in the blood. 99% of the teenagers who come to see me are deficient in magnesium, B vitamins and Vitamin D. Some are also deficient of calcium.
Step 1. Get a blood test for your child to test their Vitamin D. If it is low follow the guidelines from your GP. This can make an enormous difference if they are depressed. Get a good B complex supplement and ask them to take one with their breakfast.
Step 2. A hair test from Trace Minerals will tell you if your child is deficient in calcium and magnesium. Top up as indicated. Obvious signs for magnesium deficiency are, over thinking, twitching eyes, restless legs and difficulty sleeping.
The body uses sodium and potassium to clean the blood thus neutralising acid. Many of the teenagers that I see have very low levels of sodium and potassium caused by exhausted adrenal glands. This means that many of the children that I see cannot get their nutrients from their diet and become more and more deficient as they grow up.
Step 3. Bio-Carbonate by Biocare is a good neutraliser and can make a teenager feel amazing within 5 minutes of taking. This is worth introducing each day especially if your child is over analysing, has low self esteem and suffers from mild to moderate paranoia.
Zinc makes insulin that allows the body to balance blood sugar. Many children have anxiety and mood swings because their diet is high in sugar and lacks fat. The more sugar they eat the more zinc they need and some children are so deficient that they are heading towards becoming diabetic.
Step 4. Check your childs fingernails. Do they have any white marks? If more than 3, introduce zinc 15mg with breakfast and ask them how they feel. A hair test will also indicate if zinc is required.
Step 5. Ensure that your child eats something containing fat with each meal. Fat helps to stabilise blood sugar. Sugar, bread, fizzy drinks and energy drinks all cause blood sugar highs and lows thus causing crazy mood swings. Sending your child to school with a piece of toast or a sugary cereal for breakfast is not helping the cause – instead a breakfast of eggs on toast with cheese, or porridge with whole fat milk, or toast with avocado or bowl of muesli with whole fat milk or whole fat yoghurt can do wonders for your child’s mood and keep them more alert through the day.
If you need assistance, at my clinic I offer hair test analysis and can put together a simple plan to resolve teenage mood swings allowing your child to feel great again!