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Help With Ongoing Tantrums

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Our 9-year old daughter has been prone to tantrums all of her life. The trigger is usually not getting her way--not getting to do what she wants, wear what she wants, etc...and these have usually been addressed with some form of loss of privilege. Recently, the frequency of the tantrums has increased dramatically. At this point, we are running out of things to take away and the issue seems to be getting worse instead of better. I think that this is some form of bid for attention based on her perception that her older sister gets more attention than she does. My wife leans toward this being something beyond her control since it continues to escalate, and thinks we need to seek professional help. When she is in the middle of a tantrum, it is easy to believe she cannot control herself because the intensity is unreal. We are both open to anything (or almost anything...not drugs) that will help our child control these emotions. Please help!

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