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Anger is a normal part of life. Excessive anger, meanwhile, is dangerous to both the people experiencing it and others with whom they come in contact.

Here at Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego, our therapists offer effective treatment for adolescent anger, allowing patients to resume a more normal life.

Symptoms of Anger Problems

Troubled, angry teens may engage in risky behavior such as substance abuse, sex, self-injury, violence or other crimes. They may defy parental discipline and skip school. All of these symptoms can put stress on family relationships.

Other warning signs of a troubled or angry teen include:

  • Constant arguments
  • Getting into fights
  • Breaking the law
  • Personality changes
  • Falling grades
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Violence
  • Prejudice
  • Malicious gossip
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Threatening or bullying others
  • Fantasizing about violence
  • Showing cruelty toward animals

Causes of Anger Problems

In most cases, anger problems are a sign that your adolescent is dealing with an underlying issue such as a mental health disorder or a substance abuse problem.

Underlying issues can include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse

Professionals can identify whether or not adolescents are struggling with a co-occurring condition that is influencing their anger issues. Once underlying conditions are addressed, treating the anger management problem becomes far simpler.

Treatment for Anger Problems

When it comes to treating anger management issues, the first step is a visit to a family physician to rule out any physical cause such as stroke or traumatic brain injury. A physician may or may not make a referral to a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional.

If behavioral treatment is recommended, Sovereign Health Rancho San Diego offers state-of-the-art care and treatment for adolescents ages 12 to 17. Upon admission, teens are thoroughly assessed by clinicians to determine whether they should be diagnosed with any underlying condition such as substance abuse or depression. Participants then receive an individualized treatment plan that addresses all of their conditions simultaneously to achieve the most successful outcome.

We offer numerous treatment options for adolescents struggling with anger management. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) effectively teaches patients how to identify negative thought patterns and consciously redirect them. We also teach patients coping techniques that they can draw upon and use even after treatment is completed. Sovereign offers one-on-one therapy, which allows privacy and confidentiality while healing takes place, as well as supervised group therapy, in which patients may share their experiences or simply listen to others. Medication is prescribed only at the discretion of a clinician.

In addition to clinical treatment, we offer fun, therapeutic activities including equine therapy, yoga and field trips to local events and places of interest.

If you would like further information on teen anger problems or any other behavioral health topic, please call our 24/7 helpline to speak with a member of our team.

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