Teen Anger Management

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Anger is defined as an acute emotional response triggered by a number of stimulating situations, including verbal attack, restraint, threat, disappointment or frustration. Though a normal human emotion, anger can be scary and potentially dangerous to both the adolescent and people with whom they come in contact.

While dealing with angry teenagers, one needs to remember that the only problem with them is the trouble they face in managing their anger. Anger as an emotion can have adverse consequences for both the person self and others, thus, it becomes important to address the issue as early as possible.

Symptoms of Anger Problem

Troubled, angry teens may engage in risky behavior, such as substance abuse, unsafe sex, self-injury, violence or other crimes. They may defy parental discipline and skip school. All these symptoms can put stress on family environment. While diagnosing an anger disorder among teens, mental health professionals look at trends in a teenager’s emotional, behavior and physical symptoms.

Other warning signs of a troubled or angry teen include:

  • Falling grades
  • Breaking the law
  • Getting into fights
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Personality changes
  • Constant arguments
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Threatening or bullying others
  • Cruelty toward animals

Causes of Anger Problems

Due to prevalence of numerous stressors in our society, anger is a common experience for many people, especially among teens and adolescents. 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. Some of the underlying issues include grief, anxiety, physical abuse, emotional abuse, depression, alcohol or drug abuse.

As part of teen anger management, mental health care professionals can identify whether or not teens are struggling with a co-occurring condition that is influencing their anger issues. Once the underlying conditions are addressed, treating the anger management problem in teens becomes far simpler.

Treatment for Anger Problems

From temper tantrums to violent outbursts, adolescents and teens are vulnerable to this powerful emotion called anger. Although anger can be expressed by shouting, punching, or insulting others, it can also take a more subtle form like deliberate silence, self-isolation and sullenness. Once aware of anger issues in a teenager, a parent or a guardian can take timely action and help manage his or her emotions in healthy, non-violent ways.

When it comes to treating anger management issues in teens, 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 a behavioral treatment is recommended, Sovereign Health’s state-of-the-art Rancho San Diego facility offers teen anger management programs for teens aged 12 to 17. At the time of admission, teens are thoroughly assessed by clinicians to rule out any underlying condition, such as substance abuse or depression. The patients receive an individualized treatment plan that simultaneously addresses all the conditions for a long-lasting recovery.

Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego offers anger management programs for teens in a residential treatment facility with compassionate and multidisciplinary staff trained to work with adolescents and support them throughout their treatment. In addition to teaching patients to identify negative thought patterns and consciously redirect them through our cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), we also teach coping techniques, which they can utilize even after their treatment.

Sovereign Health offers one-on-one therapy, which allows privacy during the treatment, and supervised group therapy, in which patients may share their experiences or simply listen to others. Medication is decided by the clinicians after analyzing the entire situation. In addition to clinical treatment, anger management therapy for teens includes fun and other therapeutic activities like equine therapy, yoga, and field trips to local events and places of interest.

A home away from home, Rancho San Diego facility offers teen anger management program to both males and females. Sovereign Health’s anger management therapy for teens offers effective treatment for adolescent anger, allowing patients to resume a more normal life. For further information on teen anger problems or to know about our anger management programs for teens, call our 24/7 helpline to speak with our admission specialist.

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