Managing Your Troubled Teens

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In a time where child abuse is reported every ten seconds, domestic violence claims the lives of three women every day, and senior citizens are abused by a member of their own family, it is becoming more and more important for parents to take control of their children and pacify their angry teens. One in nine murders is committed by youth under the age of 18. This statistic leads to the assumption that most perpetrators of violent crimes are - or once were - angry teens.

Recently a survey was conducted among a large group of teenage boys that revealed some disturbing information. Three out of four teenage boys admitted to hitting someone in the past year because they were angry. Nearly half of them believe it is okay to hit or threaten someone who makes them angry, and have carried a weapon in the past month. One third admitted to not being able to control themselves when they become angry.

It is essential that teens learn to control their anger, especially if they use that anger as a response to frustrating or stressful situations. Studies have shown that when a teenager becomes angry, they use that anger to try and "self-medicate" themselves, using it to compensate for the pressures and strains that they have not yet learned to cope with yet. Anger becomes their coping mechanism because it allows them to exert power and control over their environment. This is a dangerous substitute for healthier anger management strategies. If the habit of using anger to cope with life is not rectified, teens will soon find that it inevitably interferes with normal functioning, and can eventually destroy any opportunity for happiness in life.

Parents who struggle with managing their angry teens can find teen help online where you can find methods for permanently changing bad behavior. One thing to consider is that teenagers tend to respond emotionally to the situations around them rather than thinking it through logically. The judgements and conclusions teens draw when they are responding emotionally to a situation drives their physical reactions, which is most often destructive. Programs for troubled teens can teach them how to respond to stress not in the heat of the moment, but according to their values and principles.

Most troubled teen programs include both academics and therapeutic counseling, helping teens deal with both their emotional difficulties and any addictive behaviors that have formed as a result of trying to avoid facing those difficulties. Find teen help online and begin a troubled teen program that will lift and enlighten your teen's attitude and well being.

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This article was published on 2010/10/25