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Managing Anger in Children with Schizo-affective Disorder Triggers, Symptoms, and Consequences

Experts say that Schizo-Affective Disorder is the cross between Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar disorder. To the untrained eye it looks a lot like a severe case of bi-polar disorder. However managing anything in children with serious mood disorders can be a challenge to say the least. Ensuring that your child is safe at all times is top priority.

Experts say that Schizo-Affective Disorder is the cross between Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar disorder. To the untrained eye it looks a lot like a severe case of bi-polar disorder. However managing anything in children with serious mood disorders can be a challenge to say the least. Ensuring that your child is safe at all times is top priority.

In children who have schizo-affective disorder anger management also tops the list. Many of their episodes are triggered by something, figuring out what can be a problem. Having your child journal their feelings daily can give you a great understanding of some of the things they are dealing with and help dialectial behavior therapists therapist determine what is the best course of treatment for your child.

Triggers-

Managing triggers is a task in itself. Learning ways to find your child’s triggers can be detrimental to their safety and state of mind. Making a list of the triggers you observe will help you determine what course of action to take. Additionally having your child list things that they don’t like will give you the triggers from their point of view. Observing placement on the list will show you which ones are more serious than others. You may ask them to rank them from 1-10, etc…to best understand the list.

Violent Outbursts- Warning Signs

Managing violent outburst can also be a chore if you are not sure what is triggering your child. Below are some warning signs that will assist you in determining if there is a possibility for violent outbursts:

-    Change in tone/elevated voice
-    Change in mannerisms
-    Change in facial expression
-    Sudden quietness
-    Sudden decision to be alone/isolation
-    Ignoring your comments
-    Violent drawings/art
-    Sudden use of a coping skill
-    Refusing to talk to anyone

While it is difficult to always know before a violent outburst many can be avoided by looking for warning signs. Talking to your child about alternative options is the best course of action. Also giving them a choice of more than one option can make them feel some bit of control over the situation. Showing them what the consequences maybe of their outbursts can also  give them more insight and allow them to think out things before they take action. While it can take awhile to get them to do this on their own, persistence and patients can be beneficial for both you and your child.

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