How to tell if a teen mood swing is something more

Everyone experiences mood swings, difficult times and fatigue, according to Dr. Aaron Krasner, the Adolescent Transitional Living Service Chief at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan. When it comes to helping a teenager and young person through those times, watching for prolonged symptoms or "impairement" — when teens are unable to do day-to-day activities like attend school, maintain healthy relationships, after-school activities, etc. — is key. Watch our interview with Dr. Krasner below for more on helping your child and deciding when professional help is necessary.

Throughout the month of May, the HAN Network and Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan are working together to raise awareness and encourage a conversation about mental health issues.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and HAN Network’s broadcasting division has been featuring interviews with medical professionals at Silver Hill throughout the month. The interviews provide information from experts on a number of topics, including addiction, body image, heroin in the suburbs, seeking help for teens, and options for chronic pain treatment.

The interviews will play every Wednesday in May on Coffee Break, a weekday news show that airs at 11 a.m. You can watch online at and on all HAN’s community newspaper websites.

The HAN Network and Silver Hill Hospital Mental Health Awareness Month remaining broadcast includes:

  • Wednesday, May 25, on Coffee Break at 11: “Treatment Options for Chronic Pain” with Dr. Seddon Savage, medical director of the Chronic Pain and Recovery Center.

If you miss an interview, watch it on demand at .

Founded in 1931, Silver Hill Hospital is a not-for-profit psychiatric hospital in New Canaan. Silver Hill treats more than 3,000 patients each year, providing treatment for psychiatric disorders that include addiction, eating and bipolar disorders, depression, and schizophrenia. Silver Hill Hospital is an academic affiliate of the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Find out more at

The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the network’s news and lifestyle programming.