- Hurting other people
- Breaking things
- Hanging out with people who get you into trouble
- Getting into trouble at school/ home
- Feeling out of control
- Temper tantrums
Some children also internalise their anger and it may present as depression or self-harming behaviours. Other people express anger passively by sulking, not speaking to somebody or using a tone of voice that communicates anger, whilst denying anger. Anger always has a trigger, which could be anything from being hungry, thirsty or tired to sensory overload, reacting to difficult life events and circumstances, to a specific incident or simply not getting their own way. Whilst anger can be frightening for parents and professionals it is important to try to understand what is making a child or young person so angry and support them in developing more helpful ways of regulating and expressing it.
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