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
- 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:
- 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.