As mentioned, anger is a normal emotion that we all feel from time to time. However, when anger is expressed behaviorally as aggression, problems can arise.
Since teens are going through a variety of changes and may feel fear, uncertainty, apprehension, and even anxiety about the future, it’s natural for them to experience shifts in temperament and behavior. We typically associate this with teen angst, and sometimes anger is thrown into the same category. Anger, however, is more about what has happened to your teen or what your teen feels should or shouldn’t have happened to them rather than about angst or apprehension for the future.
A teenager who is angry will show expressions of anger from time to time, and their reactions may not always seem appropriate for the situation since teens are still growing, learning, and developing and dealing with raging hormones.
It’s also common for teens to develop thinking errors from distorted thoughts. These are ideas in their heads that are overgeneralized and do not match reality. They tend to be negative in nature, self-defeating, and exist from a victimized standpoint.
While it is normal for teens to engage in this type of behavior, there are various forms of therapy such as DBT and CBT that can help challenge these distorted thoughts so teens can bring themselves back to reality in the moment.
An angry teen—who acts beyond a teenager with anger—will exhibit expressions of anger frequently and may seem constantly mad or upset at the world rather than directing the anger onto one specific person or thing. This persistent anger can have a big impact on the family unit.
If your teen is experiencing issues socially, academically, or beyond that can be directly related to anger outbursts or aggressive behavior, you just may have an angry teen on your hands.
Should you become concerned that your teen’s anger has become an issue that appears to be growing or failing to improve, it may be time to seek some help. At Idaho Youth Ranch, we specialize in working with at-risk youth to help them find joy, peace, self-control, and clarity in life as they move forward into happy, healthy adults. Give us a call today if you’re concerned about your teen’s anger.