How do I know if my child has a problem with anger?

The following are some signs that your child may have a problem with anger:

  • Your child often holds in their anger
  • Your child often gets into arguments with others, like parents, teachers, friends or classmates
  • Your child threatens to hurt others or damage other people’s things
  • Your child starts fights or hurts others
  • Your child’s behaviour seems “out of control” when they’re angry (for example, breaking things or acting wildly)
  • Your child has problems with the law

Anger isn’t always a sign that something is wrong with your child. Your child may just need extra help dealing with their anger. But anger can be a part of a few different mental disorders like ADHD, oppositional-defiant disorder or conduct disorder. It can also be a sign of other disorders, like anxiety disorders or mood disorders. People may be easily irritated when they’re experiencing anxiety, depression or mania (“high mood”). This can look like anger to others.

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.