Wellness Matters

Teens and Tweens: Mood Swings and Emotions

May 27, 2015

As children reach puberty, and enter into adolescence, some changes in their behavior and emotions are to be expected. Many teens will start to act a bit more defiant and begin ‘testing the limits.

The adolescent brain grows and changes during this time and affects how the adolescent feels and acts.  They act and behave in response to their raw emotions that come from the back of the brain, the libido system.

In the video below, Dr. Martha Perry, adolescent medicine specialist and the medical director of Cone Health Center for Children, talk about the reasons for the emotional swings and how to navigate through them as a parent.


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