Teenagers are constantly facing changes in development and life. Unfortunately anxiety and anger are common feelings that are difficult to process. These emotions can easily turn into aggression and resulting in teen violence.

Common Symptoms of Teen Violence

• aggressive behavior
• frequent use of threats
• short temper
• disregard to authority, rules, and laws
• cruelty to animals
• lack of empathy
• social isolation
• poor school performance

Causes

Teen violence can be the result of mismanaged anger. Teen violence can also be symptomatic of another mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Parenting that lacks firm boundaries or an environment that promotes violence and cruelty can also cause teen violence.

Treatment

Counseling can help determine what is causing violence, such as depression or anxiety. A therapist can help deter teen violence by determining triggers and offering healthy ways to deal with anger. Establishing consistent boundaries for teenagers can be even more difficult. A therapist can provide family counseling to improve family dynamics.

Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists reinforce positive emotions, placing emphasis on positive behaviors and appropriate behaviors.

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