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Son Has Fits of Rage

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My son has fits of rage and becomes very violent.
His eye glaze over and he seems to become someone different.
He has smashed windows, thrown hammers at me also tried stabbing his siblings.
Do you have any ideas as to what could be causing his behaviour?

Son Has Fits of Rage

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Thank you for writing us here at PsychCentral. It must be such a difficult thing to watch your son go through these bouts. From your description it may be one of several possibilities. Here is what I would do.

I would make a list from memory of when these episodes have taken place with approximate times and dates. You will also want to identify how long the episodes were, and how intense.

I would also create what is called an ABC chart, which stands for antecedents-behavior-consequence. For this, note anything that might have come before the event. Was there a disturbance in the family beforehand? Was there a particular type of food he ate? Was it a certain time of day? And I would certainly keep this information going forward.

As you’re putting this information together I would make an appointment with your pediatrician and ask him for a referral for a child psychiatrist. When you meet with him or her you can then present the data, which can help in making the diagnosis and of course find a treatment.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Son Has Fits of Rage

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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