Mood swings

As a young person, you might find that your mood changes very quickly.  You may feel really irritable but don’t know why, you may feel sad then angry or happy in a few moments which feels a bit like you are losing control.  These changes are known as mood swings.    


Mood swings can be caused by:

  • things that are happening around you like the different pressures and worries that you face. This might be to do with school, friends or family 
  • the way you feel about yourself.  At this stage in your life, you might worry about your identity and self-image and want to be more independent and make decisions 
  • physical things like your hormones changing, having low sugar levels, pain or lack of sleep.


Mood swings are quite normal for young people but you may feel that your mood swings are becoming more extreme and they may be affecting your daily life for example by causing problems with relationships, getting you into trouble or making you use alcohol or drugs.


If your mood swings are affecting your daily life then it is important that you speak to someone and ask for help.


If you want to know more about mood swings and the help you can get you might find these websites useful: