Why do I feel so moody all the time?

During the puberty years, it can be an emotional rollercoaster on the daily. Rachel Concannon, a therapist who specializes in adolescents, explains it this way: “You feel moody because your hormones are changing. It’s all normal—normal normal normal! Just like hormonal changes affect you physically, they affect your brain too. You might feel uncomfortable in your own skin because of those physical changes, and that might make you feel funny and different and unsure of yourself. And as far as the brain goes, you might feel like you don’t have a lot of control over your emotions. That’s all part of the development that happens when you’re a teenager. It’s important to be aware and find ways to cope when you’re sad or mad. Maybe it’s talking to a friend (or an older sibling, or your parents), reading a good book, needing zone-out time in your room, exercising… figure out what works for you! But also know this: something that might have made you feel happy before may not feel as great anymore. Or you might feel uncontrollably sad sometimes. DON’T PANIC. It’s all totally normal, and. I promise that as you come out of this your hormones will level out and you’ll feel more in control and calm.”