If you are angry or hostile or you have violent behavior, it is important to find help. You can learn ways to manage your feelings and actions.
Use one of the following resources if you are or know of a parent or caregiver having trouble managing angry feelings. Actions done in moments of anger can be harmful and abusive.
- Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator. This service from the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can help you find local counselors. Search online at findtreatment.samhsa.gov or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or TDD 1-800-487-4889.
- Parents Anonymous. Self-help groups serving parents under stress, as well as children who have been abused, are available throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. To find a group in your area, search online or in your phone book under Parents Anonymous or call (909) 621-6184.
- Social service departments. Many social service agencies involved with child abuse investigation also offer services to parents under stress. Agencies are listed in the phone book, usually under the state's Department of Social Services, Protective Services, Social and Rehabilitative Services, or Children and Family Services.
Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
H. Michael O'Connor MD - Emergency Medicine