Someone displaying outbursts and anger could be exhibiting symptoms of trauma. Your child could be trying to tell you something without even realizing it. Your child may blow up at what seems like random times or seem to be triggered by nothing. Do certain situations, places, or individuals anger your child more than others? Maybe your child will fight with you or run off if they are agitated, which is called “fight-or-flight,” which is also a symptom of trauma.
Displaying anger when having experienced trauma is common and can be treated. This is something that can be heartbreaking to watch someone go through, especially when it affects someone for a lifetime, which is possible without treatment. It is hard when it affects an individual and those around them. It can make daily life very difficult and affect the mental health of many involved.
There is hope for your child and your family. It will be beneficial for your child to be able to talk to someone other than a known member of the family and someone they see every day. Therapy can help your child accumulate tools necessary to express themselves in a more appropriate way when they become upset or be able to regulate their emotions to where they won’t escalate. Addressing the reasons behind why the blowups and escalations are happening is key. Being able to process why they are so angry will help a person move toward a more positive and healthy being. Addressing trauma as well as the anger is significant. It may be important for family members to be involved in treatment if they are willing and the identified individual is willing for them to be involved. Sometimes including the family is imperative in the healing process.
If you are ready to help your child calm the anger inside and out, bring them in to start the healing process. Therapy will help you navigate how to move forward and figure out what the necessary next steps are. Maybe you only know your child as angry anymore and it is breaking your heart and you are ready to reach out to find a way to help them. Individual therapy and/or family therapy can help your child and your family. Call or make an appointment online today.
Kristi Quattrochi, MSW, PLMHP, PCMSW
1001 South 70th St. Suite 225
Lincoln, NE 68510 Phone: 402-325-0117 Ext. 14