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Ending Anxiety Masquerading as Disruptive Behavior



Ending Anxiety Masquerading as Disruptive Behavior

You may have noticed that your child seems to have difficulty controlling their anger and thought it wasn’t serious, that it is just a passing stage experienced by many children at one time or another while growing up. You are not alone in this type of thinking; many parents can find it distressing to accept that their children may be having difficulties. Unfortunately, inability to manage anger effectively and other disruptive behaviors may be a sign of something more serious. Acting out can be a manifestation of anxiety that may need to be further explored.

The Wake Up Call

Something may have happened that caused you to realize that the small signs you noticed in your child may hold a deeper meaning. Your child may have had an outburst in school after they were upset by a comment made by a classmate, made disrespectful or disruptive comments to a teacher when upset, maybe even got into a physical altercation. You may begin to worry what others may think of your child or even you. During times like these many turn to the professional help of a therapist, one who would be non-bias while thoroughly assessing your child’s symptoms and unique needs.

Your child may be experiencing anxiety masquerading as excessive or irrational anger, this anger could actually be triggered by fear. Unable to effectively express their thoughts and feelings, your child could be acting it out or manifesting their anxiety in the form of “behavior dysregulation.” You may have many questions related to your child’s behaviors, questions that may be best answered by a professional.

Disruptive Behavior and Anxiety

To be able to provide your child with understanding as well as prompt and appropriate treatment, it can be important that you know the signs of anxiety. Aside from exhibiting outbursts and uncontrolled anger, your child may also manifest other signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Difficulty concentrating or staying focused
  • Not getting enough sleep, maybe even experiencing night terrors or bad dreams
  • Poor appetite
  • Having pervasive negative thoughts
  • Feeling edgy and restless, or frequent visits to the toilet
  • Frequent crying
  • Appearing overly attached or “clingy”
  • Frequently feeling unwell or complaining of tummy aches

Providing the Right Help

It can be important to get to the root of your child’s behaviors so that they are not wrongly judged or punished, often times this will not be helpful and may even worsen the symptoms and associated behaviors. In many cases, the child can unduly suffer as the behavior can be easily misconstrued in a lot of ways. If your child’s disruptive behavior is a sign of anxiety or something more serious, you may want to engage in counseling. Look no further than Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC. Licensed, independently contracted therapists are available, trained in the most effective ways to address your child’s unique needs. Don’t hesitate, call CCS – Southern Pines, NC today to schedule your first appointment.

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Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC

Counties: Moore county, NC, Lee County, NC, Montgomery County, NC, Richmond County, NC, Randolph County, NC, Chatham County, NC

Cities: Southern Pines NC, Pinehurst NC, Aberdeen NC, Taylortown NC, Pinebluff NC, West End NC, Seven Lakes NC, Eagle Springs NC, Ashley Heights NC, Ashmont NC, Five Points NC, Wind Blow NC, Jackson Springs NC, Whispering Pines NC, Vass NC, Cameron NC, Carthage NC, Eastwood NC, Lakeview NC, Narrow Ridge NC, Robbins NC, Roseland NC, Tramway NC, Troy NC, Zion Grove NC, Biscoe NC

We are located at:

Carolina Counseling Services - Southern Pines, NC
780 NW Broad St. Suite 210
Southern Pines, NC 28387

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  • Call: (910) 246-0827 (Fastest way to schedule)
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  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!

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  • Kristin Vernon, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Families, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Divorce, Adjustment Disorders, Mood Disorders, Coping Skills, Parenting, Family Conflict, Marital Conflict, Relationship Issues
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, cash
    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Gretchen Montesanto, MA, LPC, NCC

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Teens, Individuals, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Stress, LGBT, Adjustment Disorder, Motivation, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Military Spouses

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare and Cash
    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Jaime J. Fitzpatrick MS, LPCS, LCAS

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Families and Couples, Anxiety, PTSD, Trauma and Abuse Recovery, Depression, Military Life Issues, Adjustment Disorder, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Addictions, Emotional Disturbance, Coping Skills, Impulsivity, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, NCHC and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Gail Gustafson, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Adolescents and Adults, Individuals, Couples and Families, PTSD/Trauma, EMDR, Adoption, Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Parenting, family, couples and marriage counseling
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare,Cash, HRA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, NCHC, Medicare Tricare Select and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC
  • Kathryn Wiens, PsyD. HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adult, Individuals, Couples and Families.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC