Child Psychology : How to Help a Child Who Is Always Angry

A child exhibiting constant anger should be approached with the intent to understand. Develop the understanding between you and your child with the assistance of a licensed psychologist in this free video.

Expert: Dr. Craig Childress
Bio: Dr. Craig Childress is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of ADHD and angry-oppositional relationship disorders of childhood.
Filmmaker: Max Cusimano

Series Description: Raising children can be a confusing project at times. Improve communication with your child and resolve common issues with the assistance of a licensed psychologist in this free video series.


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  1. I am the alienated parent, and it has been going on since I divorced her Father 20 years ago, she is now 40 and has two children, so it is affecting the next generation, who are 13 and 10. Your video has revealed exactly what has been going on. So I have had to give HER the silent treatment since Christmas, and she repeated exactly what you said, I believe her Father is a Narcissist, who has recreated another one in her. I've just left them to it now. Wonder how they will get on. now I am out of the picture? Good video, Thanks.!

  2. Thanks doc! I have a question plz help me! My son is in 5th standered, from the class first to class 3rd, he was really shy and immuture in behaviour but in studies he was good. Other children always mocked at him and beat him. But from the class 4th eaverything changed he started beating children.his anger is coming everyday i got complaints from school and parents.I dont know what to do. He also starts lying. Plz help

  3. This is FANTASTIC!! I know this works! When I say “i understand” & “ I’m not angry” my toddler is sooooo much easier. I think my worries just got resolved. I’m going to practise meeting her frustration with understanding. Something matters to her a lot. She wants to do things and just gets so angry when she hears no all the time.

  4. Very helpful. Thank you so much this is so reassuring for me as a mom of a child (7yo boy) who seems to be angry and/or dramatic about simple issues or problems that come up in everyday kid life… most days I can get to the root of his anger and turns out it’s not REALLY anger he’s feeling- rather it’s sadness. He misses his brothers & sisters when they are gone (we have a split family) back to their moms. This video was reassuring to me that I’m on the right track to deal with helping his through the sadness that’s it’s not anger he’s dealing with. Thank you for the plain speak and the information.

  5. This is a related video that talks about a child who is always angry. Dr Childress says that a child who is always angry might be due to an expression of pain. I do agree a 100%. Why? Because I’m currently dealing with the same situation as a One-To-One. I work with this student whose anger situation stems from home. Consequently, the child comes to school already feeling angry because of Dad’s absence. Disciplining the child as a solution is not the best thing to do. The best solution you can offer this child, is by trying to understand his home situation, and giving the child that love or attention that’s missing from home. I’m currently applying this knowledge at the Burlington Township Elementary School, and it works a 100%.

  6. Hmm, thank you for this. I'm a teacher at a preschool and this definitely gave me some food for thought. I noticed our student who is always angry just blows up and gets worse when a teacher combats her anger with more anger, so I've been trying other ways of dealing with her outbursts

  7. I have had family problems all my life. I was verbally abused by someone who I thought was supposed to love me. I also have a brother who gets all the attention. Recently I snapped and got into a huge argument with a teacher…. Luckily another teacher really understood me and told him it wasn't personal I just needed to let my feelings out…

  8. My step-son still loves his absentee mother. I've been with his father for 5yrs. The step-son is unmotivated and angry with life. I'm pretty sure it's because he can't accept his mother doesn't want him. His twin brother has accepted this sad truth, but I'm still totally confused on how to deal with this stuff. Now things are worse because thier going through puberty. HELP!

  9. ALL WRONG. Anger is a defense mechanism to keep from showing the.pain or discontent feelings. Most kids are looking to be loved, but with an angry child, he or she doesn't know how to accept or express love, so your methods will fain or be short lived.

  10. If you are having problems with your child, read the book "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. It helps you get to the bottom of what is the issue causing the dysfunction. Perhaps your child is old enough and can understand the book himself/herself. If not, I would suggest the parent read it and explain and implement the tools with your child

  11. I'm starting to feel like child psychology is adult psychology too? Meeting another person with anger, be it a child, an adult or any human at all, would not go well.

  12. I have watched videos to help my 11yr old son with his anger and I can't seem to find the right one. he's autistic and closes up when he's mad, really he doesn't express many emotions often. he will get so mad over silly, little things, sometimes! like if the internet dips out for a few mins. that happened yesterday and he was so mad that he threw all the dishes and went into the pantry and threw everything off the shelves onto the floor which broke my large crock pot and prob more but it's knee high in there so I can't see much. so then this morning I was waking him early to get some things done before school and he yelled at me that I never "shut the F up!!" and laid on the couch and refused to move and almost missed the bus, which happens often. then he walked home and didn't ride the bus and then right away broke his sisters barbie castle from xmas! I tried to talk to him all thru this. no yelling, just asking why he was so angry and I needed to understand what was going on and he just told me to go away and leave him alone. I'm so frustrated right now!! he calms down and then says sorry and thinks everything is fixed. I talk to him when he's calm and not angry and explain that he needs to talk about feelings and to try to calm himself, etc. not enough time to tell all that I say, and he kinda listens and gets very bored and kinda annoyed and his adhd kicks in and he can't or won't listen for more than 2 mins. I talk with him whenever I get the chance, just little comments or pointing things out that are helpful. I'm at a loss! I don't hit my kids but sometimes I feel like that's what I need to do!! I dunno, I'm just so frustrated!! I'm trying to listen and understand but he uses that as a weakness and walks all over me!! aughh!sorry for rambling but if anyone can help me, please do!!!! thanks!!

  13. I'm taking care of a child who is already showing intense anger at 8 months of age. I'm deeply concerned and don't know how to comfort him and soothe him without also rewarding his angry volatile outburst. He slaps at us and pushes us away with extreme aggression and I'm desperate to find the proper tools to address his frustrations without fostering A sense that his physical aggression is acceptable.

  14. Thank you.  I have long searched for this answer, something that can be put into a action plan.  And you summarized it in 3 minutes.  Nobody can understand the deep pain the parent feels, when no matter what she does, she is causing her child pain and anger.  And seeing the connection to the child falling apart.  And feeling guilty and helpless.  I will type this up onto a small piece of paper, and keep it in my purse.  A tool, that perhaps gives me some hope I can hold onto.

  15. Children tend not to embrace individuality. Instead, they want to be like all the other kids. They want to be the cool kid in school.

    He probably is upset because he sees things other kids have that he does not get or have.

  16. Most psychiatrists and such these days are just pill-pushers. They often have connections to pharmacies, and the more pills people take, the more money companies earn. Did ya' get better? When I was younger I was stuck in a psychiatric hospital for two months, and all they did was take away my freedoms, shove pills with horrid side-effects into me, and repeat the same rehearsed lines each day. Lol.

  17. i have a kid in my class who is very attached to me, and refuses to do anything unless i ask him to individually and praise him every step of the way. Every morning however, he comes into class and Hits me, and refuses to talk to me for at least an hour… I don't know what he's trying to express, except I think he might've mixed up showing care with anger. It makes me sad that I won't be around as kids like him grow older.

  18. You hit the nail on the head right here. I was bullied to the point of sucide as a kid and all the shrinks my parents took me too just wanted to drug me instead of getting the bullying under control. I was always told the bullying was my fault. Kids would come up and hit me or call me names for no aparent reason. But it was always my fault.


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