Anger is a common emotion present in most teens. Learning how to control anger is important during the teen years for several reasons. Teenagers who can't control their temper generally have fewer friends and may achieve lower grades throughout school. Not knowing how to deal with frustration and agitation can lead to health problems later in life, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and gastric problems. Acquiring anger-management skills is healthy for teens and will benefit them later because they will already be able to effectively resolve work and family conflicts. If teens are having difficulty managing their emotions, there are places they can turn.
Books on Anger Management for Teens
There are many books available for teens that deal with the issue of anger management. Some examples: "The Anger Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal With Anger and Frustration" by Raychelle Cassada Lhomann; "Getting a Grip: The Heart of Anger Handbook for Teens" by Lou Priolo; "Mad: How to Deal with Your Anger and Get Respect" by James J Crist; and "Cool It! Teen Tips to Keep Hot Tempers from Boiling Over" by Michael Hershom.
Most high schools have guidance counsellors available for students. Many times, a counsellor can help a student to deal with his aggression. If a counsellor feels that a teenager needs more help than she is able to provide, she can suggest support groups, therapists, or family assistance programs equipped to deal with teen anger management.
Therapy or Family Counseling
Therapy is a type of support that helps individuals or families going through tough times. It can be difficult for teenagers to recognise and admit that they need help with a problem. There are therapists that specialise in certain age groups or specific types of anger problems. Therapists may be psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists or counsellors. Depending on the specifics of the situation, counselling may be more effective if parents or other family members attend as well.
There are government agencies that can provide information for teens about anger management classes, support groups or family therapy. Each state has different phone numbers or hotlines for teens to call. Most police departments also have access to this information.