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When does anger become an issue?

Although anger is a basic and functional human emotion, you may find that it becomes problematic for you and your relationships. You may find yourself:

  • Feeling very angry for long periods of time
  • Feeling ‘on edge’ and having a ‘short fuse’
  • Having intense outbursts towards those around you
  • Getting into conflict with others
  • Excessively ruminating on events that have occurred
  • Noticing intense and overwhelming physical reactions when you are feeling angry
  • Finding that anger is the predominant (or only) emotion you are feeling

Remember that anger can manifest very differently in different people. You may find yourself more:

Outward directed
Shouting, throwing things, swearing, being physically aggressive, threatening and violent

Inward directed
Saying hurtful things towards yourself, punishing yourself or self-harming

Passive aggressive
Ignoring people, disengaging, sulking and being sarcastic

But in whichever you experience anger, it can have a very detrimental impact on your health and wellbeing. However, there are therapies that can help.