Anger Management Curriculum for Children and Teenagers
I remember when I was 21 years old and bought my first Mustang. It was a pretty two-door aquamarine car that could
really go fast. Well, the day I drove it off the lot I remember noticing that the gas gauge was low. I ignored it. I had to show this beauty off to a bunch of my closest family and friends. I continued driving letting others dote on my car while I sat back with a ever so slight smirk on my face. To make a long story short I ended up stranded, walking to gas station. Why? Because I disregarded the gas light until it was too late.
Children and adults often deal with anger in the same way, by ignoring the anger until it is too late. Then…watch out as there might be yelling, expletives, stomping, punching, banging or some may stuff it down inside. In either case, it is dealt with poorly and the results can be even more debilitating. In children, diagnoses such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, and Depression often have anger as a symptom. While in adults, diagnoses such as Anti-Social Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Disorder, and Substance Abuse often display uncontrollable and inappropriate anger tendencies.
These emotions are much like my dummy light on the Mustang. When the light comes on we have the choice to deal with it or ignore it. Anger is not the problem. It is how we choose to deal with it. The anger management group offered at Total Life Counseling led by myself will approach anger from this vantage point, pointing out various methods by which we can identify our anger and handle it appropriately.