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  • The Difference Between Normal and Abnormal Anger

  • Managing Anger in Teenagers

    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.

    Signs of anger problems in teenagers can include:

    • Rude or verbally abusive behavior
    • Physical outbursts towards self or others
    • Turning the anger on him or her self through starvation, avoidance of friends, etc.
    • Declining school performance

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