My teenager has a terrible temper. Is that normal?
It is not typical for teenagers to show persistent problems in controlling their moods or to have frequent rages that are directed at parents and siblings. The frequently held idea that teens are all distressed, angry or harsh with their families is not correct. When a teenager shows a problem getting along with others, especially when it is a dramatic change, it is time to seek a professional evaluation. Speaking to your child's doctor or school counselor may lead to sources of help. A thorough evaluation of your child's health and mental health is important whenever there are dramatic changes that last over time.
Transient outbursts and moodiness every once in a while are usual; repeated outbursts or a lasting mood change is a sign of trouble. And the troubles may not be obvious. Anger and irritability could be signs of depression, substance use, major peer problems or tension because of struggles in school. A careful evaluation will review all of the possibilities and can help your family get the help it needs.