Adolescent and Anger Management Strategies
While it's true that Anger is a completely normal and innate human response to certain situations and stress-causing stimuli, the failure or lack of ability to appropriately react to anger is a serious issue that requires effective treatment strategies. Unfortunately for millions of parents and teens alike, adolescents are a demographic that particularly struggles with anger management.
Teens, whose frontal lobe (the portion of the brain in charge of decision making and impulse control) is not yet fully developed, are at high risk of acting irrationally when angered. This is to say, that, it is generally a normal and benign occurrence for the average teenager to lose control over their anger. However, if a teen regularly succumbs to their anger, or is easily angered to the point of feeling rage, their behavior is anything but normal.
Teens who are constantly overtaken and led by their anger have what behavioral experts refer to as, anger management disorder.
Of all complex emotions that are often difficult for teens to properly address, anger is one of the most volatile and easily life-changing - one that, if left untreated, can lead to unimaginably devastating consequences. That said, it is of the utmost importance that parents of easily or often angered teens seek immediate treatment for their highly at-risk son or daughter.
More specifically, adolescents with anger management issues require intensive treatment that will assist them in learning coping strategies and appropriate ways in which they can channel intense emotions (i.e., anger) in prosocial ways. Due to the severity of anger management disorder, effectively treating it tends to be a long and intensive process that can only be achieved with the help of a residential treatment facility.
At-Risk Teens: Managing Anger
Every teenager is different. Teens have independent thought and everyone has their own triggers that could set them off at any time. Teens struggle with controlling intense emotions, and what angry teen is unpredictable? Teenagers struggling with anger management disorder are at a significant risk of permanently destroying their future.
Achieving proper anger management takes time, patience, and lots of effort (practice). And, for some adolescents, anger management skills are acquired only through tremendous effort and diligence. For others, their emotional imbalance can only be corrected through intensive, therapeutic, behavioral treatment. Similar to drug addiction, once an emotional disorder becomes too great to carry, it's time to seek treatment outside the home and in the form of residential treatment.
Successfully Managing Anger - Simple Solutions
Here at Family First Adolescent Services, our goal is to restore teens and parents, especially those who are in need of immediate help.
Some topics to consider discussion:
- Pay attention to your feelings. Pay special attention to what people and situations and triggers that make you angry and then seek why.
- Stop when you start to feel angry and think. Try to determine when you begin to feel angry. It is hard, but you can stop and exercise self-control. You could learn to disengage as pressure increases.
- You've heard, "Don't sweat the small stuff." So, don't sweat the small stuff and almost everything is small stuff. Get help from teachers, counselors, and maybe even your parents.
Treatment for Troubled Teens Who Struggle With Managing Angergers
The most important tool we have for controlling anger is self-control or self "choice." We know yourselves better than everyone else, and you probably already have the tools we'll need to resist emotional stress and prevent an angry outburst. However, some struggling teens require a lot more help.
Family First Adolescent Services
Family First Adolescent Services offers a best-in-class model of treatment for addressing mental health, behavioral health, substance use, trauma and problematic gaming affecting teens and their families. Teenage clients have a greater chance of success when the entire family is helped, so our treatment approach addresses the experiences of every family member.
If you are the parent of a child who struggles with behavioral issues such as managing their anger, please call us at (833) 241-7746 for immediate assistance.