During puberty, changes in our body and brain can make feelings more intense. Even if you haven’t experienced strong emotions before, you can find yourself reacting to things differently now.
There are also events in our lives that can cause us to react strongly. For example, if we aren't getting enough rest or are having problems at home, our feelings may be hard to control. We can argue, cry, freeze up or become silly and feel totally out of control. Usually these feelings settle down when we realize what is going on.
However, sometimes we can't shake a feeling and need help in finding a balance. The following pages in this section deal with some topics that often bring about strong emotional reactions in preteens. These pages are meant to help you understand those emotions and how to do deal with them in a healthy way.
Last reviewed March 2009
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