As with any troubling behavior, Dr. Gabrielle Carlson of Stony Brook University explains, parents should worry about extreme outbursts when they meet her “3 Ps” criteria: persistent, pervasive, and impairing. Yes, Dr. Carlson admits, “impairing” doesn’t start with a P, but it’s key to understanding when you need to get help.

 

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