Behavior: How exactly is my child behaving?
- Mad all the time—at himself or herself, others, or both.
- Degree of the anger varies, but it is frequent and sometimes intense.
- Strikes out verbally and physically at others, including parents, teachers, and children. Hostile even toward authority figures he or she doesn't know.
- May yell out or throw objects.
- Acts mad at the world. Has a chip on his or her shoulder.
- Usually defensive regarding the reason for the anger. In his or her mind the anger is justified. Will even say, "Who wouldn't be angry?"
- If his or her reason is not accepted, this child will become offensive toward the person who does not agree with his or her stance.
- Often loses control of himself or herself when angry.
- May appear to be overindulged by adults and peers alike.
- May throw tantrums.
- Almost always blames others for what has caused his or her anger.
- Often, threatens to get angrier "the next time" rather than say "I'm sorry."