Out of Control Teenager: How to Reach Cool and Calm

Out of Control Teenager: How to Reach Cool and Calm

out of control teenagerIn a recent article by Psych Central, the topic of learning to handle emotions was discussed. If you have an out of control teenager, you’ve probably googled something along the lines of, “How to control a teen’s emotions.” I’ll tell you right now, there’s no magical pill or therapy session that will suddenly make your out of control teenager cool down. Young people commonly struggle with mood swings and more is coming out about how to identify when you’re losing control and how to handle it.

What are “negative” emotions?

There’s no way to get rid of these emotions, and you wouldn’t want to because they’re there for a reason.

If you didn’t feel guilt when you stole something, you wouldn’t know it was wrong. Even so, “negative emotions” like anger, sadness, jealousy, fear, and greed can get overwhelming–which is something that makes an out of control teenager out of control.

Helping your out of control teenager recognize and move past emotions

New movies, like Inside Out, are focusing on learning how to process emotions. We all go through it, but it can be harder for some teens. A lot of discomfort and acting out comes from a misunderstanding or unwillingness to understand where these emotions are coming from. One way to learn to control your emotions is to become a neutral observer. Recognize the emotion, then explore where it’s coming from.

Why is that making you angry, sad, jealous, or afraid?

Do it without judgement, just recognize it, why it’s happening, and then it should become a bit easier to deal with it. Give your son or daughter this advice. Once your out of control teenager begins to understand why they’re feeling a certain way, they’ll be able to better understand what got them to that emotion and therefore be able to deal with it in a more constructive way next time around.

When it becomes too overwhelming

These are great coping strategies for mild situations–but sometimes it’s too much to handle for your teen and your family. In this case, it’s important to reach out to a professional for further guidance on how to move forward for the wellness of your child.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a mental health hospital for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis.

For more information about how ViewPoint Center can help your out of control teenager, contact us today at 801-825-5222!


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