Well, here I am, 17 years old. I dont know if I need help, but my mood changes many times a day. when I was about 11-14, it wasnt the case I had depression but was perscribed anti depressents and wasnt sad for about a year, but rather emotionless and happy. so I stopped them with conscent. But for the past year, I have had uncontrollable bouts of anger, sad for days then normal, but a situation last night, I was up untill 2am because I was really happy. I can be so happy, I make a fool out of myself. sometime, I feel happy and sad at the same time, which confuses me. Today, my little brother made me upset, and I bit, hit myself in the face, and cut my arm with scissors.... I go out of controll, I loose it, and I have no control over what I'm doing. My mood swings dont last more than a few days... and I'm mildly sad ushually during sad days with intenses saddness lasting only a few hours. But I'm TRUELY worried, that I may get an episode and put my little brother in the hospital or my mother. I'm affraid, if this happens, I may put myself in the hospital or a mental home. Is there something wrong here? Or is it normal teenage mood swings?


I am 17 too and I seem to have the same problem. I have been on Zoloft, Paxil, Abilify, and even Risperidal and none of those have helped. I can understand what you mean about being so happy you make a fool of yourself. When I have one of those episodes my friends compare me to Tom Green.lol I also went a little mad the other week and took a knife to my arms. Not a wise choice I know and I'm still not sure why I did it. I have recently decided to seek counseling and that has helped a litle. The trouble is I can't seem to find a good one. Maybe you should try something like that. What also seems to help me is to keep busy doing something I like. I play guitar so I have been jamming with a bunch of different people and that has helped alot. Anyways I'm sure some of the other people on here can give some better advice, I just wanted you to know that there are other people going through similar stuff. Best of luck to you.

Thanks, I just dont know weather or not there is smomething wrong here. I'm guessing so, but I want to have an idea of what before I see anyone. I'm affarid of antidepressents, becuause they changed who I am. It's not only my feelings, but my outragous train of thought. In a way, I'm two people, I LOVE who I am, but also HATE it. I'm two people at once.

Hi Shashameer,

I'll be honest and say I think it's more than typical teenage mood swings, especially since you have a history of depression. What do your parents think? I think you should to your doctor and discuss with him/her your option and find a therapist who specializes in your age range. Anytime you endanger yourself or someone else you should find help.

In the meantime there are some self help strategies you can do to help yourself. You need to manage your anger by recognizing when your temper is starting to flare. Here are a few tips.

1. Don't sweat the small stuff. Have you ever had the after thought of 'wow I can't believe we're fighting about this' So ask yourself next time- is this worth fighting over?

2. Learn to walk away and take time to calm down. Do some slow deep breathing.

3. positive thinking- imagine yourself calm and planning how you will handle stress.

4 Find a positive outlet for stress - such as exercise, hobbies or writing down your feelings.

People can learn to control their emotions except in extreme cases of mental illness. The trick with anger is, you have to catch it before you reach the boiling point. Is there anything that you can think of as the root of your depression. Take care of yourself.

Thank you for your advice. I am trying sooo hard yet I cant tell you how many times people have told me to use a hobby. The thing is, I cant control it. UI've done it all, what you are saying is nothing new to me. To stop and think. When I get upset, I have to hurt someone or myself. Or seriously, wreak something. wrting down feelings= stabbing myself or something with the pen I'm using. Excersise turns into throwing the nearest chair. And asking my brother= me screaming F-U at him.... I wish it wouldnt be this way.... but I feel like two different people, and sometimes have refered to my nice one self as "her" and ,e two years ago as "me"... depending on what I'm feeling. It's always her or me.

Hey Shasameer,

I can hear that your scared and worried about whats happening with you.

It's difficult for anyone on here to say what is happening with you for sure. Because what your describing sounds like a range of different issues and problems.

But it seems to be in the general area of mood swings.

I think you need a revisit to the doctor. It's possible that your moods have changed from when you were younger (11-14) and you now require a different type medication to help stabilize them, than you did back then.

Antidepressants don't actually change who we are as a person. You'll always be you. But medication can help stabilize the mood swings. You may not be prescribed anti-depressants but some other medication. Sure the highs that you feel will be leveled out and the lows wont be so extreme. It can take a while to find the right medication and the right dose. So you have to be patient.

It's also worthwhile seeing a psychiatrist. Not because I think your crazy but they can help with the medication dosage and monitor that, much better than the doctor can at times. They are also good for counseling and other tips.

In the end it's better to be seeking help form the professionals than waiting for a disaster to happen. As you say you don't want to hurt anyone.

In time you won't feel like two different people.

Hi there.

I also understand that you are worried and upset and scared at the moment.

It can be a great different kind of things that may be considered disorders that you may or may not have.

I do think you need to see the doc too. Your moods definitely should of changed a bit, and with all the hormones, etc.

Antidepressants are so vast and different, that perhaps you will find one that works well with you?