Behavior: Specific attitudes and actions of this child at home and/or at school.
- Mad all the time-at him/herself, others, or both.
- Degree of the anger varies, but it is frequent even if not intense.
- Strikes out verbally and physically at others, including parents, teachers, other children or siblings. Hostile even toward authority figures he/she doesn't know.
- May yell out or throw objects.
- Manifests an attitude of being mad at the world. Has a chip on his/her shoulder.
- Usually defensive regarding reason for anger. In his/her mind the anger is justified. Will even say, "Who wouldn't be angry?"
- If his/her reason is not accepted, will become offensive toward the person who does not agree with his/her stance.
- Has very little self-control. Often loses control of him/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/her anger.
- Often, rather than say "I'm sorry," threatens to get angrier "the next time."