Youth Plagued with Anger related issues
For quite some time now, anger management has been treated much like entertainment, what with it being one of the ‘disorders of choice’ among the Hollywood gliteratti. To boot, the disorder also got its own show (notoriously starring Hollywood wild child extraordinaire Charlie Sheen), besides having had its own hit feature film (which starred another ‘champion’ of public tantrums and erratic behavior, Jack Nicholson). However, a more serious overtone is permeating the media these days, with the release of two recent studies that are raising serious question marks over the prevalence of the syndrome among America’s youth. It’s no secret that children and teens in the United States are being increasingly diagnosed with anger-related issues, such as compulsive and potentially dangerous behaviors (gambling, binge spending, drinking, eating, and drug use, as well as bullying, be it cyber- or offline). As such, two recent studies shed light on the link between today’s youth, their exposure to violence and the subsequent emergence of anger-related behaviors.