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What is the cause of mood swings, weight gain and drowsiness in a teen ?

My daughter is in high school and has always made good grades and been energetic. Recently her grades have been dropping significantly. She has been extremely irritable, has gained weight , and is sleeping ALL the time. She is extremely mean and rude when things do not go exactly her way and we all feel as though we have to walk around egg shells around her. She has a lack of motivation for anything and everything. Could this be anxiety? Depression? Or maybe thyroid?
Asked On : Sun, 15 Apr 2012
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Dear audrey
Its not uncommon for adolescent for being misunderstood.
The kids needs a one to one talk or outing to discuss issue. i am sure she will open up. Then only we may think of a counselor than a psychiatrist. At times do talk to friends and teachers regarding similar issue in school, if not then you need to work hard to understand her.

Also the illnesses that may result such symptoms are iron deficiency, thyroid deficiency, and obesity.
Answered: Sun, 15 Apr 2012
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