Teens often struggle with issues of stress and anger management. Some teens may be reluctant to seek help or engage in local programs for a variety of reasons. Online information and activities can help a teen with these issues, but work best as a supplement to therapeutic intervention. These activities should not replace professional assistance for struggling teens.
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Therapist Ari Novick provides a free online anger management assessment at ajnovickgroup.com. The assessment consists of 15 questions pertaining to how an individual feels and responds in different situations. The assessment is scored and an explanation is provided for the score, which identifies a person's ability to manage anger. This assessment is meant to be educational, and should not be used as a substitute for a more formal assessment.
Therapistaid.com provides a series of free, downloadable and printable worksheets for teens working on anger management skills. Worksheets include an Anger Diary, which encourages teens to keep track of what they were doing before they got angry, how they felt, how they responded, and the result. An Anger Thermometer helps measure the intensity of angry feelings. Other worksheets include an introduction to anger and identifying triggers, the anger cycle, anger management skills, and weekly and daily mood charts.
Psychologist John Schinnerer offers a 10-week online anger management class on his website at DrJohnsBlog.wordpress.com. The course consists of a series of 10 videos with supplemental written material. The course material is presented and written in a way that teens are likely to understand. Schinnerer's philosophy is to “turn down the volume on your anger, irritability and annoyance” while turning up the volume on positiveness.
Anger is often brought on or intensified by stress and games can provide non-threatening stress relief. RoundGames.com provides a series of online games geared toward anger management. While they won’t provide management skills advice, they relieve a tremendous amount of stress. Games such as Grrrilla, Rockband Rampage, Wheel of Misfortune, Monkey Go Happy and Ant City allow you to release anger in a non-threatening and entertaining manner.
Teen Link Support
Teen Link is a teen support line that also provides online emotional support through chat. The peer-to-peer teen support system is monitored by specially trained youth ages 15 to 20 and supervised by a trained adult. Their motto is “no issue is too big or too small” and they provide a resource for teens to “talk it out.” The Teen Link phone lines are open seven days a week from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., PST, and can be reached by dialing 866-833-6546. Teen Link Chat is available online Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. All calls and chats are anonymous and confidential.