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Anger in teens & young adults

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Anger is a strong and challenging emotion. It's common to experience anger during adolescence, but it can also feel frightening.

Anger occurs when you experience overwhelming feelings that you may express by arguing and shouting. Sometimes, anger can happen if you are feeling sad, scared or depressed. Your anger can be caused by hormones and changes occurring due to puberty, which can create mood swings and confused feelings. You may also feel angry due to frustration as you try to become more independent.

Angry feelings that are expressed by physical fighting, bullying, excessive shouting and arguing, destroying things or self-harm is a sign that your anger has become a problem.

Managing anger

Learning how to deal with anger can take some practice. Feeling angry is OK, but hurting yourself or others because you are angry is not. The trick is to learn how to manage and express angry feelings positively, and without losing control.

Here are some ideas on how to manage a situation when you are experiencing anger.

Here are some ways to prevent or limit yourself from feeling angry.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed January 2021.


See also:

Depression in teens & young adults


Emotional & physical abuse

Stress in teens & young adults

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