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  • Managing Anger in Teenagers

  • Signs of Anger

    Physical:

    • clenched fists
    • sweaty palms
    • racing heart
    • shallow breathing
    • racing heartbeat
    • clenched jaw

    Emotional:

    • mad
    • aggravated
    • discontented
    • resentful
    • furious
    • annoyed
    • loss of temper
    • outraged
    • infuriated
    • bitter
    • seething
    • hateful
    • ranting and raving
     

    Styles of Anger

    There are three styles of anger:

    • Expressing: The healthy expression of anger is assertive and respectful. The unhealthy expression is aggressive, violent and harmful to one's self or others.

    • Suppressing: The suppression of anger is holding onto it until it slowly builds up to the point of explosion.

    • Internalizing: Internalizing is similar to suppressing, except it may result in self-destructive behaviors or negative side effects. These behaviors may include, overeating, eating disorders, alcohol or drug use, depression, elevated blood pressure, ulcers, headaches and muscle aches.

    angry teenNormal and Abnormal Anger

    • Normal Anger. Angry feelings are normal and as valid as any other feeling. The instinctive, natural way to express anger is to respond aggressively. From an evolutionary perspective, this response was far more effective in primitive societies and is often referred to as the "fight or flight" response. But, in today's world, "lashing out" is not adaptive or acceptable behavior.

    • Abnormal Anger. Abnormal anger hurts or causes pain to one's self and to others. It interferes with one's functioning at home, school or work. Abnormal anger is behavior that could be considered out of control.