Resources for Adolescents with Mood Challenges

by Dr. Barbara Lowe

Many adolescents struggle with mood regulation challenges (e.g., depression, mood swings). These challenges can feel overwhelming for both the adolescents and parents. There is hope for improvement when the right tools are used. Here are several resources that can be helpful. For intervention books,  the DBT “family” of books can be helpful:

  • Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood, by Sheri Van Dijk MSW
  • The Bipolar Workbook for Teens: DBT Skills to Help You Control Mood Swings (Instant Help), by Sheri Van Dijk and Karma Guindon
  • The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal…, by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood and Jeffrey Brantley

For parents,  the following can be helpful:

  • Stop Negotiating with Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting your Angry Manipulative Moody or Depressed Adolescent, by Janet Sasson Edgette
  • Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love, by Scott P. Sells

For teens with Bipolar Disorder, Eric Youngstrom’s work can be helpful:


If these resources are not meeting your needs,  individual and or family therapy is usually recommended. In addition, a good psychological evaluation can be highly beneficial. Email or call us at or 919.294.8981 to start on the path of help and hope today!

Chelsey Robertson