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My 16 year old hits me during his temper tantrums what do I do?

My 16 year old hits me during his temper tantrums what do I do?

Get help: You don't say if your son has any underlying conditions such as autism, but allowing a 16 year old to hit you is teaching him to be abusive. If he does have another condition, get specialized help (behavioral training). If not, get help for yourself, for him, and for the family. Domestic violence is dangerous for everyone involved. ...Read more

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Temper Tantrums (Definition)

A temper tantrum is an event in which a child is angry and cries, screams, hits, kicks, and/or throws himself onto the ground to get things done his way from Mom, Dad, or another family member. Temper tantrums are loud, especially in public places, but are best ignored and politely handled from ...Read more


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My 3 year old son throws terrible Temper tantrums any tips? Just screams for hours when he doesn't get what he wants What's an appropriate reaction

Start by calling: Child Find of your local school district for developmental assessment. Also, fill out developmental screens & the M-CHAT on firstsigns. Org & see his pediatrician. Tell your son your rules at his language level, then ignore tantrums consistently by walking him from behind to time-out without talking, making eye contact or acting angry. Repeat till he stays put, then set timer for 3 minutes. ...Read more

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Does my 3 year old have odd? I do not spank her and I do not use physical punishment. She has temper tantrums that last for a few hours. She always blames others for her misbehavior. She frequently questions rules. When I ask her to do something, she refu

Protracted tantrums: Typically-developing tots begin to self-calm & respond to time-out ~ 18 mos. Protracted tantrums @ 3 suggest childhood dysregulation disorder, seen with early-onset adhd or a family history of mood disorders, etc. Ask her pediatrician to refer you to a child psychologist who'll teach you techniques to ignore tantrums & defiance effectively & "catch her being good, " as she may not outgrow this. ...Read more

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My 18 year old daughter has cerebral palsy and has temper tantrums. Is there a link between the two?

My 18 year old daughter has cerebral palsy and has temper tantrums. Is there a link between the two?

Yes: Emotional dyscontrol is very common in cases of damage to frontal lobes or other portions of the emotional circuitry known as the limbic system. These areas of the brain can be damaged in cerebral palsy. Medication and counseling may be helpful. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy for a 13 year old to throw an explosive temper tantrum?

Nope: Tantrums are normal for two year olds. This is a warning sign of a deeper psychological problem that needs to be immediately investigated. If you have guns in the house remove them. Certainly sit down with him and give him the chance to openly discuss his feelings. Then get him in for his appointment asap. ...Read more

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What do you do when a seven year old with add/adhd has a temper tantrum?

What do you do when a seven year old with add/adhd has a temper tantrum?

Have a plan: There is nothing unique about adhd in terms of handling temper tantrums--excpet they may be a bit more prone to them. To little space to go into detail, but look up the explosive child or others sources about dealing with out-of-control behavior. Develop a consistent intervention that keeps the child safe and minimizes secondary gain (benefits) the child might be getting. Adhd is not an excuse. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 9 year boy to have temper tantrums?

Is it normal for a 9 year boy to have temper tantrums?

Need more info: Typically-developing children begin to self-calm at 18 months of age and learn more mature coping skills as they age. If he still has two-year-old style tantrums, a behavioral therapist can help him develop more age-appropriate ways to deal with frustration. ...Read more

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5yr/old daughter has temper tantrums that last for hours. She hits/bites me. Could there be something wrong? This is an everyday thing.

5yr/old daughter has temper tantrums that last for hours. She hits/bites me. Could there be something wrong? This is an everyday thing.

Not Everyday Thing!: U ; your daughter both must feel frustrated ; exhausted at these times. I would advise consulting with a developmental expert -a child psychologist or psychiatrist. I'd want to understand what is provoking her outbursts as well as what is fueling them after they start. Tantrums are associated w/ various challenges -communication delays, anxiety problems, earaches, etc. Expert can help u help her! ...Read more

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Can my 7 month old be having temper tantrums? When he wants something he doesn't just get fussy anymore. He just screams loudly and suddenly.

Can my 7 month old be having temper tantrums? When he wants something he doesn't just get fussy anymore. He just screams loudly and suddenly.

I agree that his: Pediatrician needs to see him & a video of an episode. Learned behaviors typically start at 6 months, so he can have learned that his shriek gets instant attention, but you can't ignore it till you know he's ok. If ok, ignore it consistently till he gives it up. Intermittently reinforcing it makes it last longer. Attend to him while he's happy. With phrases like, " Up? You want up? " & a smile. ...Read more

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4 yr old who throws major temper tantrums has multiple meltdowns everyday. Can get physical with you at times. What can/should be done? Desperate!

Talk to your doctor: First, talk with your child's doctor. She may recommend a child therapist or behavior counselor. Give your child choices where you can, but not where you can't. You can say "it's time for bed. Do you want to read a book or sing a song before you go to sleep? " don't say "do you want to go to bed"! avoid unnecessary power struggles and choose your battles. Be consistent with important rules, though. ...Read more

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My 21 month old has temper tantrum 18 hours a day! What can I do?

DMDD: Sounds like dysregulated mood disorder, not terrible 2's because it is so pervasive. Unpublished but submitted research indicates this may be a disorder of brain Glutamate. Amantadine is very effective if this is DMDD. Speak to your pediatrician to be sure that there is not another medical cause of the irritability. ...Read more

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I am having a hard time diciplining my 3yr old when she is having a temper-tantrum, not listening or being rude to me & others. I've tried everything?

I am having a hard time diciplining my 3yr old when she is having a temper-tantrum, not listening or being rude to me & others. I've tried everything?

Temper tantrum: Here are some ideas to try.
1) time out
2) remove your child from the scene and discuss why he or she is upset
3) take away favorite toy-- child earns it back with good behavior
4) reward method-- good behavior earns something (not food)
5) teach child ways to deal with stress besides temper tantrum (coloring, writing, favorite book, running outside, etc).
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my 1.5 yr old son to have a nosebleed every time he has a extreme temper tantrum?

Is it normal for my 1.5 yr old son to have a nosebleed every time he has a extreme temper tantrum?

SpontaneousNosebleed: First, the situation you describe with your young son is NOT normal. He needs to see a pediatric ENT specialist or a general ENT specialist to ensure he does not have errant blood vessels in the nasal septum and/or nasal cavity. ...Read more

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How can I stop myself from having temper tantrums?

Seek help from...: Temper tantrum beyond childhood can be from unresolved anxiety. Seek help from mental health professionals. ...Read more

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How can I stop my son from having these temper tantrums?

How can I stop my son from having these temper tantrums?

Start with Ur Dr: Your pcp whether fp or ped may have some basic pointers you can start with. They will also be aware of other sources for parent skills training in your local. I have several local therapists who work with the kids & moms. High maintenance kids often require that you learn a new skill set. ...Read more

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What is the best way to handle an adult's temper tantrums?

Tantrums are not: Age-appropriate prosocial & coping skills in adulthood. When you & the person are calm, explain that you will not engage when (s)he is tantruming. No talking, glaring, yelling, no positive or negative attention of any kind to reinforce the tantrum. Consistently ignore tantrums as they get worse before they stop. Encourage the person to seek diagnosis & treatment by a psychiatrist & psychologist. ...Read more

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What should I say to someone with destructive and violent temper tantrums?

What should I say to someone with destructive and violent temper tantrums?

Not much at the time: It depends on your relationship with the person and how destructive and violent the temper tantrums are. Generally, I would not recommend saying anything to a person who is destructive and violent. Instead, I would focus on staying safe by leaving the area and/or calling 911. It's best to suggest that a loved one get professional help during a calm and pleasant period. Stay safe yourself. ...Read more

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Are having temper tantrums as 13yo boy normal?

Are having temper tantrums as 13yo boy normal?

NO, of course not: Temper tantrums are a function of the more primitive part of the brain. This is made to be much more reactive by high calorie malnutritiond, particularly all the sugary stuff and even sweeteners. Look to diet as the cause and see my blog "oxygen, the spark of life". ...Read more

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Tired of my sister's temper tantrums. Will she always be like this?

If she's older than: 2-4, her tantrums are no longer age-appropriate. They'll continue as long as she receives positive or negative attention for them from your parents & others. If she's < 10 years old, you could "gift" your parents the book " little people" by dr. Ed christipherson, ~ $12 on amazon, or any book on oppositional defiant disorder by dr. Russell barkley. Calmly tell your parents your concerns, privately. ...Read more

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I am 16 with temper tantrums. Is it possible that I could have aspergers?

Possible: Possible, but seeing a trained doctor for diagnosis is the best approach. Remember that there are other reasons for uncontrollable temper besides asperger's. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop acting like a spoilt adult with temper tantrums?

Seek help: If you are aware that you are doing what you describe, then you are steps along to stopping it. Now you need rot find a mental health professional to help you on the journey to recovery. ...Read more

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Why do men feel like its ok to throw temper tantrums at home but say nothing at work?

M ost people...: (not just men) do what they can get away with, where they can get away with it. If there are no consequences to a tantrum at home, that's where it's going to happen. ...Read more

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Adult temper tantrums? Rage? Anger? Who can help someone with them and not inform authorities?

Adult temper tantrums? Rage? Anger? Who can help someone with them and not inform authorities?

Seek Tx: Usually information you provide during treatment stays confidential. However, there are some limits to confidentiality with being in danger to yourself or others are some of them. If you feel you cannot control your sx anymore, either dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Otherwise, you might want to consider making an appointment with psychiatrist and psychologist to start your treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a mental diagnosis for an adult who throws temper tantrums the same way a child does?

Intermittent expolos: Intermittent explosive disorder is a condition where a person has sudden outbursts. It can exist by itself or be a symptom of panic disorder, anxiety, adhd, dementia, seizures, neurologic disorders, as well as bipolar and psychotic disorders. Evaluation and appropriate treatment can greatly help but the cause needs to be determined. ...Read more

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I still throw temper tantrums, and I want it to stop. Is it because I have a need for control?

The simple explana-: Tion is that you've received positive or negative attention that has reinforced your using tantrums as a way to get what you want or to avoid doing what you don't want to do. Since you recognize that tantrums are no longer age-appropriate, the next step is to see your doctor, a psychiatrist & a psychologist to rule out contributing medical or mental health issues, then develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can you have your daughter committed to an institution if she is violent in her temper tantrums?

Can you have your daughter committed to an institution if she is violent in her temper tantrums?

Diagnose first: The first thing to do is have her evaluated by a behavioral psychologist or psychiatrist. There may be treatment alternatives that can successfully manage her behavior. A last resort would be a psychiatric hospitalization to further the evaluation. ...Read more

Tantrums (Definition)

Tantrums are an uncontrolled outburst of anger or frustration. They typically in ...Read more