Anger

What is it?  

Anger is a natural and instinctive response to threats, perceived injustices, or provocations. It can range from mild irritation to intense fury and rage. While anger is a common and natural emotion, it can become a problem when it’s difficult to manage or expressed in destructive ways. 

Symptoms  

Symptoms of anger can vary from person to person, but they often include:  

  • Feelings of frustration 
  • Irritability  
  • Annoyance 
  • Rage 
  • A short temper 
  • Difficulty controlling anger 
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Muscle tension 
  • Sweating 

Causes  

Anger can be triggered by both internal and external factors. Internal factors can include mental health conditions like depression or alcoholism. External factors can include stressful situations, financial issues, or interpersonal conflicts. Anger can also be a reaction to physical pain, a response to feelings of fear, or a result of frustrating situations. 

Interventions  

Managing anger involves recognising, coping with, and expressing anger in healthy and productive ways. Cognitive-behavioural interventions are effective for managing anger. These interventions involve changing the way you think and behave. Relaxation-based interventions, stress inoculation, and counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may also be helpful.