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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

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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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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