There are plenty of red flags parents should be looking for as they learn how to help their teenager control and manage teen anger. Frequent emotional outbursts, excessive arguing, irritability, self harm and the harming of others are all signs that your teen’s anger is out of control.
While most teen anger can be attributed to typical teenage behavior, in the most severe cases it can indicate a much bigger problem that needs to be addressed.
Teens who are depressed are unable to properly process emotions, thus making them unpleasant to be around. If your teen has become uninterested in family activities, standoffish or suicidal, it’s important to get him or her the help he or she is silently and subtly crying out for.
Teen Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol takes a toll on the brain and findings are even scarier and more intense among teenagers. If your teen is using alcohol, he or she is likely unable to control anger in ways that are safe and healthy. And there may be an underlying reason why he or she has turned to alcohol, whether it be bullying, low self esteem or peer pressure.
Teen Substance Abuse
Drugs and pharmaceuticals, including marijuana or “cannabis”, methamphetamines, heroin and prescription medications, also alter levels of chemical compounds in the brain, thus hindering the growing mind of a teenager when deciphering and expressing emotions. Similar to alcohol, substance abuse among teenagers is typically the result of a bigger issue such as rejection, stress and so on.
Let’s face it. Most teens tend to be a little angry and agitated. Though generally it is just a phase, out of control or abusive teen anger could very well point to bigger issues such as depression, alcohol abuse and/or substance abuse. This is why it’s crucial to get out ahead of the problem before it erupts by reaching out for counseling and treatment.
If you are dealing with a teenager who is abusing drugs, suffering from depression, defiant or just plain angry and these problems are not new. If you are feeling like this can’t go on, and you aren’t sure what to do next. We recommend we invite you to contact us to discuss your child’s behavior and learn what action you can take to help your troubled teenager.