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Can you have an identity crisis at 21?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Depends: It depends on what you mean by "identity crisis." but, at 21 there are many things a person is dealing with -- among them, leaving home of origin, making own way in the world, selecting career path, having committed intimate relationships, etc. Working through all these things can feel like a "crisis" of sorts. Some long-term psychiatric illnesses can also declare themselves around this time.

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