Slammed doors and angry outbursts may be just typical behavior that goes along with the highly combustible teenage years. Teens are transitioning from being completely dependent on parents as children toward the autonomy found in adulthood. This is a developmental phase fraught with supercharged emotions, including acting out in anger.
But when does “typical” teenage moodiness and anger become deeply concerning?
When a teen begins to display increasingly aggressive, hostile, even violent behavior towards others there may be deeper emotional issues involved. These angry expressions may be symptoms of a mental health issue that should be addressed by the family physician first, and then possibly a psychotherapist. Adolescents who seem to be unequipped in managing their frustrations and anger may benefit from acquiring specific anger copings skills for teens, which can be taught through individual and family therapy sessions. These coping strategies may be all that are needed to help the teen learn to navigate their impulsive tendencies toward expressing frustration, and channel them in a socially appropriate manner.