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If my daughter still has temper tantrums at 16yo, will she have them forever?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Depends...: Typical temper tantrums are most commonly observed in children aged 2-4, and most children learn to modulate their emotional and behavioral responses by the age of 4 years. Tantrums, especially severe ones, could be a manifestation of anxiety disorder.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on source: Whether 16 or 60, tantrums after childhood generally represent a boiling over of supressed feelings. Those who do not learn to acknowledge their feelings & share them effectively can be hobbled by sporadic rage. Counseling focused on improving these areas can give anyone a worthwhile skill & a chance to enjoy life without feeling the loss of control that often gives them low self esteeme.

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