why is my 13 yr old son so angry?

Crystal - posted on 04/20/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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this boy is going to be the death of me! He has adhd and is sooo angry. he is hateful to me and his siblings. I have a family history of depression and suicide. ??? help!

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get him into counselling and get him assessed for other problems, such as learning disabilities or psychiatric problems

Barbara - posted on 04/20/2012

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Children not only develop depression, anger and the desire to committ suicide or harm themselves, occassionally they really have a case of intermittent rage disorder which can only be diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist. Sorry, but in my 53 years I've met few angry children who have that clinical diagnosis and the truth is that the parent isn't listening to what the child is saying, or they are trying to change it and/or the child(ren). It is really hard to see and admit our part in creating the anger they feel, but 9 out of 10 we, the parents are to blame.
We are also guilty of teaching our children to communicate poorly and deal with anger poorly. OK when I was growing up we didn't have forums and articles to learn better parenting from but todays parents don't have that as a valid excuse. So do both of you a favor, see the psychiatrist for evaluation and be sure to listen attentively to everything he tells you, both the psychiatrist and you angry son. Almost always there is a reason we do not see or hear, and we are contributing to the problem in some way. Peace & Love be with you

Michelle - posted on 04/20/2012

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Get him into counseling sometimes they find it easier to talk to someone who is not mom.

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