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Teens can manifest their anger in different forms. It may be expressed as rage and fury, or as resentment and indignation. What we see is the behavior associated with the teenager’s expression of anger. While some teens may suppress their anger and withdraw themselves in a shell, others can be highly rebellious and even destructive.

Teen anger may continue to escalate until they receive professional intervention that encourages them to learn to manage their anger. Although not inherently harmful, teen anger can be frightening. Therefore, they need to be encouraged to look within themselves to understand the underlying reasons behind their anger. The negative expressions of anger may comprise:

  • Physical and verbal abuse
  • Malicious gossip
  • Prejudice
  • Sarcasm
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Withdrawal
  • Addictions
  • Psychosomatic disorders

These negative expressions can create relationship issues, devastate lives, disrupt work, harm others, evade constructive thinking, affect physical health and even destroy futures.

However, there is a silver lining to this negative expression of anger. It can show adults that there exists some problem. Teenage anger is actually a secondary emotion driven by fear. It can be helpful to resolve things that may not be working in their lives. At times, teens know anger as the only way to cope with other issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and alcohol or substance abuse. In such a condition, it is imperative to teach them to manage the symptoms of the underlying cause as well as the anger.

Angry Teens and Their Relationship With Parents

During the developmental years, teens deal with a gamut of emotions. Oftentimes, they are faced with questions related to relationships, purpose, identity, and separation. Additionally, their equation changes with their parents as they become independent. Due to these changes, parents may face difficulty and conflict in helping their teenagers manage things. This can cause a lot of confusion and frustration leading to angry outbursts and a pattern of reactive behaviors from both the parties.

Teens react negatively to their parents’ behavior and parents also reciprocate by being equally condescending. This often results in a forced form of interaction. By encouraging and motivating the teen to change their ways, they can be taught to learn to control their anger and find effective ways of expressing and dealing with it.

Causes of Anger Issues

In teens, while the brain areas that control decision making, logic and self-discipline are still under development, the areas that control basic survival skills exert a strong hold. This is the reason why adolescents and teens are unable to control their anger or other negative emotions. Apart from lack of brain control, there are other reasons that may lead to the development of anger issues. These include:

  • Family: Children who witness healthy anger management strategies tend to emulate the same. Conversely, children who grow up in environments, where their near and dear ones have a problem in controlling their anger, would face similar problems.
  • Hormones: Adolescence and teens is a time when the balance of hormones is delicate and changes even at the slightest of provocations. When this happens, it may manifest in different ways, one of which may be anger.
  • Personal experiences: Sometimes, personal experiences, such as physical injury or abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, grief, bullying, etc., hurt a teen a lot. In such cases, they do not know how to manage their emotions and often end up being angry with everyone and everything around them.
  • Mental illnesses: Emotion regulation in teens is controlled by their mental health. Conditions like mood disorders, impulse control disorders and anxiety disorders exert a strong influence on these. For example, depression and anxiety in boys often exhibits as irritability and anger.
  • Substance abuse: Teens who abuse drugs or alcohol are prone to high-risk behavior. This is because their brains are still developing and the influence of substances interferes with the process. Further, drugs affect the brain chemicals responsible for controlling emotions, making it difficult for the teens to control their impulsive and aggressive outbursts.

Symptoms of Anger Issues

Anger disorder disturbs a teen physically and emotionally, affecting their behavior. Such teens tend to indulge in unsafe sex, self-injury, violence, aggression, and general indiscipline. Other warning signs indicating a troubled teen may be:

  • Trouble with law enforcement
  • Declining grades
  • Aggressive and argumentative behavior
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Personality changes
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Threatening or bullying behavior
  • Cruelty towards others including animals

Treatment for Anger Problems at ADEONA Healthcare

When it comes to managing anger in teens, the preliminary step is to visit a family physician to rule out any physical causes like traumatic brain injury or stroke. Once these are ruled out, the physician might refer the patient to a psychiatrist, psychologist or a behavioral center. If a behavioral treatment is recommended, one may consider taking treatment at ADEONA Healthcare as we offer anger management programs and much more for teens aged 12 to 17.

Our team of skilled clinicians thoroughly assesses the teen at the time of admission to rule out and/or define problems like depression or substance abuse. Each and every patient receives a customized treatment plan that addresses all the concerns, ensuring long-lasting recovery.

Why Choose ADEONA Healthcare?

ADEONA Healthcare of Rancho San Diego provides anger management for teens in a residential facility managed by a team of compassionate and multidisciplinary staff who provides emotional support and compassionate care to the teenagers throughout their stay. Our experts not only help the teens identify negative thought processes and recalibrate them through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), but also empower them with coping skills that they can use even after the completion of treatment. Alongside clinical treatment, treatment for anger management at ADEONA Healthcare also includes use of experiential therapies like art, music, yoga, and meditation. We offer one-on-one therapy which ensures one’s privacy during the treatment. We also offer extensive group therapy programs where teens may relate themselves to others and listen to their stories.

We offer anger management for both genders. Our cutting edge treatment program ensures that a teen’s life is not complicated by their anger issues, rather, they are able to deal with it in the most productive way. Our rehab center is safe, secure, private, and very effective for a troubled teen.

To know more about our anger management program, call our 24/7 anger management helpline (888) 997-3966 and speak to a representative today. You may even chat online with our admission representative who would be happy to guide you through admissions and other processes.

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