As parents, we all know that teens can be moody. You may feel like you are living in the middle of a storm, never knowing what emotion might blow your way. But when is your teens’ mood swings just typical moodiness, or when it is something else?
Bipolar disorder is characterized by mood swings that are very intense, and are noticeable to family and friends. A bipolar teen’s moods will swing from depression to something called mania. While some teens might be giggly and super talkative, a teen with mania might be hyper-excited, silly, and have laughing fits in class that are inappropriate. They may act defiant and refuse to comply with any authority at home or at school.