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marwil78
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moody/depressed teen?

Hello, my name is Mary. I am writing you because I'm concerned about my 16
year old daughter. She's constantly agitated, I mean constant. Whenever
she's happy, 10 minutes later she's angry or very short and irritated with
everything. I've noticed she has stopped hanging out with all of her
friends from her own school saying they're annoying or they're with someone
else and not available to hangout. She makes no effort to contact them or
make plans. Actually, she rarely texts any of her friends back. Her friends
from her own school don't include her in plans anymore and she claims she
doesn't talk to anyone in school. She has horrible attendance to school,
always coming home sick, or just miserable, begging to stay home. Often she
has panick attacks at school and calls me crying. She has stopped doing
homework, always sleeps, and now only hangs out with people from other
schools. She hangs out with them quite often. Most of the time she seems
happy and is happy when she is with friends. Although I have noticed she
pushes most people away or cuts off contact. Her behavior towards me and my
husband is quite scary sometimes. She can be horribly mean to me and lashes
out at everyone, saying stuff and then later in the day or the next day
acting if nothing was said or saying she did nothing wrong. When I ask her
if something is wrong, she lashes out or ignores me or becomes angry. I
don't know what's wrong. Opinions???
In Topics: Anxiety, Medical problems
> 60 days ago

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Dr.Monika
Aug 4, 2014
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What the Expert Says:

Is it a sudden change or has it been going on for a while and now got worse?  Behavioral changes in children might be due to endocrinological problems, such as thyroid disease, or possibly depression or other mental health issues.  The best approach would be to take your daughter to see her primary care provider for a physical and thorough evaluation.  He or she might advise to do bloodwork to rule out a medical problem and/or refer you on to a counselor/therapist in the community.  The sooner the better, as acting out in teen might be a call for help.

Best regards.

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Dr.Monika
Dr.Monika , Child Professional writes:
Is it a sudden change or has it been going on for a while and now got worse?  Behavioral changes in children might be due to endocrinological problems, such as thyroid disease, or possibly depression or other mental health issues.  The best approach would be to take your daughter to see her primary care provider for a physical and thorough evaluation.  He or she might advise to do bloodwork to rule out a medical problem and/or refer you on to a counselor/therapist in the community.  The sooner the better, as acting out in teen might be a call for help.

Best regards.
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