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My mother with dementia keeps having temper tantrums. What happened?

My mother with dementia keeps having temper tantrums. What happened?

Normal for dementia: When your mom gets upset, her ability to think and reason declines. She's stuck in a body that is no longer functioning properly-add a muddled mind and you have the perfect storm for an anger display. She knows something is wrong, but doesn't understand it, so she becomes very defensive and irrational. Don't try to handle this by yourself, get help. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Daniel
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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 mother with alzheimer's keeps having temper tantrums over staff care?

My mother with alzheimer's keeps having temper tantrums over staff care?

Behavior is common: Many people with dementia are confused and have trouble understanding what people say to them so this can lead to agitation or aggression with personal cares. There are behavioral interventions that can often lesson this but if there is significant aggression, medications may be needed. A geriatric psychiatrist can help you, if one is available. ...Read more

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Why would a child laugh while being aggressive/attacking parent during a severe temper tantrum? (7 y/o boy with aspergers)

Why would a child laugh while being aggressive/attacking parent during a severe temper tantrum? (7 y/o boy with aspergers)

Part of disorder: Part of the disorder is inappropriate emotional responses to situations. Laughter to a boy with asperger's is not the same laughter as you and I would interpret it. That it what is so hard for all of us to understand with these kids, because we interpret our environment and situations one way, and it's a totally different world and experience for these kids. Often altered sensations to pain as well. ...Read more

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How to handle an adult's temper tantrums. Or is it dv?

How to handle an adult's temper tantrums. Or is it dv?

Not Appropriate: Adults should not be having temper tantrums. Adults are expected to control their temper and problem solve and make good choices. If this person is hitting, berating, or abusing a partner or family member, it is likely to be domestic violence. Get advice from your physician or see a therapist or social worker. It could be a physical problem, as well. ...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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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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2 adult sisters who are bipolar constantly argue with everyone, have temper tantrums, make threats to leave. Unfortunately, will stay 1 mo. Strategy?

2 adult sisters who are bipolar constantly argue with everyone, have temper tantrums, make threats to leave. Unfortunately, will stay 1 mo. Strategy?

Tell them your : Household rules before they come or as soon as they arrive. Ask them how they'll get their meds refilled while with you. Tell them you love them, but if their mood disorders are not stabilized, you need their doctors to refer & send records to a psychiatrist & psychologist in your town. Discuss what you'll do if their BPD disrupts family function. Get written permission to talk to their doctors. ...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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What causes temper tantrums in kids?

What causes temper tantrums in kids?

See below: Temper tantrums are an immature response to anger and frustration. Children may respond this way when they have limits placed on a particular behavior. ...Read more

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What causes temper tantrums in tweens?

Unmet wants: Just like toddlers, tweens will have tantrums when they do not get what they want. If tantrums work, you will see a lot of them. Usually you have a few seconds warning. Decide quickly how important the issue is. If you would give in after a tantrum, give in before it occurs. If you will not give in, let the tantrum occur and be strong. Thus, no tantrums will be rewarded. ...Read more

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Is it ok for teen boys to have temper tantrums?

Is it ok for teen boys to have temper tantrums?

NO !: Temper tantrums are normal only in infants. I have seen a teenage boy dive through a plate glass window when reprimanded. Many kick doors and walls and the overwhelming reason for it is dietary mayhem. I have published this in the medica literature and have suggested that school shootings and vandalism are related to high calorie malnutrition, i.e. Junk foods, particularly sweet caffeinated drinks. ...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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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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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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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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Can Alzheimer's sufferers develop temper tantrums?

Yes: Person with alzheimer's disease may develop a catastrophic reaction if they are in a stressful situation that they do not understand. ...Read more

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Can Alzheimer's patients develop temper tantrums?

Can Alzheimer's patients develop temper tantrums?

Absolutely: Loss of self-monitoring and disinhibition of emotional control is a potent combination, often leading to temper tantrums, aggressivity, foul language. Any dementia with those features can have similar symptoms. ...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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What causes temper tantrums?

Read on: If it is the two-year old it is the inability to express their needs, as well as it is the developmental time when the self is taking over ignoring all but their own need. I guess it's the same etiology for teens and all ages. ...Read more

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What to do to help my teen with temper tantrums?

What to do to help my teen with temper tantrums?

Pick your battles: Read books about teens. Educate yourself about development/adjustment to changes. Talk by not overloading with information. Just answer their questions. Put yourself in their shoes. Empathize. Pick your battles and ignore their drama. Tell them you care but set expectations for behavior; rules of the house, grades, etc. Respect their privacy. Tell them you love and care for them! ...Read more

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Why is my son still having temper tantrums at age 13?

Why is my son still having temper tantrums at age 13?

The most common...: The most common cause of persistent tantrums is persistent rewards for having them. On the other hand, if his tantrums get him absolutely nothing, it may be time to see a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What is the best way to put an end to someone throwing temper tantrums?

Get help: Professional help can be i valuable. You need a good evaluation for a mood did. Otimize nutrition, add essential fatty acids to you diet, regular exercise, access and reduce sources of stress, work on positive thinking and add positive supports to you life and relationships including counseling. ...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

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

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

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. ...Read more

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4 yr old who throws major temper tantrums has multiple meltdowns every day. 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

Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control ...Read more


Tantrums (Definition)

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