Warning signs and how to counteract behaviors
Yelling, fighting, hitting, tantrums, biting, self-harm are all symptoms of quick-to-anger children and adolescents. If this sounds familiar, then take note to help your teen deal with pent-up frustrations, anxiety and even, depression. According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 19 percent of young people receiving mental health services need treatment for anger issues.
First, let’s check the signs. There is a more extensive list here
These are typical signs your child might exhibit if they have anger issues:
Anger is a normal emotion, so occasional issues or arguments are not a sign of a problem. However, when these issues grow out of control, it’s time to take action. A trained therapist can work with an angry teen to uncover reasons behind the rage but parents, friends and mentors can also take action.
Second, seek solutions with results. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Community Solutions offers programs to help you and your teen. Give us a call at 757-461-5098 or e-mail Desiree@CSServices.co.
Sources: HelpGuide.org, U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The Teen Treatment Center, Dr. Michele Borba.