Dealing with Miss Moody
By Chelsie, age 13, South Wales, UK
Okay, so you have a friend who's moody, depressed, and acting out. Not the easiest thing to deal with, but well, you can get through it. I know what you're thinking - it's her period. But what if it's not? What if it's something more?
So if it's not her period, what is it? It could be a personal problem at home, in her head, or she's feeling uncomfortable, suffering with depression, being bullied, or something else. But there's one question you have. How do I deal with it? Well, one thing is for sure - don't snap at her. Trust me, I've made that mistake. It makes you both feel bad.
Instead try to take her aside, away from everybody, and talk - firmly but gently. You need to tell her to cool it or she may lose friends. (Remember, firmly but gently. Be sensitive!) For all you know, it might not be her period. Just reassure her (whatever it is) that her behavior is wrong, but that you'll support her. Some friends need this pretty often!
So whoever this 'Miss Moody' is - remember, everyone needs supporting at times, and she may need it now more than ever. But if your friend is turning suicidal or talking death, this is where you need to involve an adult, no matter how badly you feel about it. Even if you think she's going to hate you, she'll thank you later!