As a trusted pediatric care practice, we understand that parenting can be a challenging journey filled with ups and downs. One of the most concerning issues you may face as a parent is when your once-loving teenager starts displaying signs of aggression.
Here at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA, our team understands that this change in behavior can be bewildering and even frightening. If you’re dealing with this difficult situation, we’re here to provide guidance and support.
Understanding teenage aggression
Adolescence is a period of rapid physical and emotional development. Teens often grapple with stressors like academic pressures, peer relationships, identity formation, and hormonal changes, which can lead to emotional turbulence, and sometimes, aggression.
Unfortunately, signs of aggression in teens aren’t uncommon. However, it’s essential to differentiate between normal outbursts and concerning behavior patterns.
Here’s what to look for:
- Physical aggression (hitting, pushing, or any other form of physical violence)
- Verbal aggression (offensive language, threats, or engaging in shouting matches)
- Social aggression (gossiping, spreading rumors, or exclusion from peer groups)
- Passive aggression (ignoring, sulking, or giving the silent treatment)
If your teen shows any of these signs, reach out to our team. We have the expertise and guidance to help your teen get on a healthier path.
What we offer
If your teenager's aggression is becoming a recurring issue and affecting their daily life, we offer a range of services tailored to address these concerns, including:
Behavioral health services
Our team of experts specializes in assessing and managing behavioral issues in teenagers. We work closely with both parents and teens to identify the underlying causes of aggression and develop effective strategies for managing it.
Teen wellness programs
We understand that teens need a holistic approach to wellness. Our programs focus on promoting healthy lifestyle choices, building resilience, and enhancing emotional intelligence. These programs help teenagers develop the skills they need to navigate the challenges of adolescence.
Mental health services
Sometimes, aggression can be a manifestation of underlying mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or trauma. Our mental health professionals are trained to diagnose and treat these conditions, providing the necessary support to help your teen overcome their challenges.
As a parent, your involvement is pivotal in addressing your teenager's aggression. Here are some tips:
Maintain an open and nonjudgmental line of communication with your teen. Encourage them to express their feelings and concerns with love and genuine interest.
Set clear boundaries
Establish clear rules and consequences for aggressive behavior. Consistency is key.
Use positive reinforcement
Praise and reward positive behavior to motivate your teenager to make healthier choices.
Don't hesitate to reach out to our pediatric care practice for guidance and assistance. Dealing with an aggressive teenager can be overwhelming, but know that we’re here to support you and your teen through this challenging time. We can help your teenager navigate their emotions and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Together, we can help your teen find their path to a happy future.
Contact us today at the office nearest you in San Antonio, North Central San Antonio, Schertz, or Castroville, Texas, or click here to schedule a telehealth appointment.