Anger is a normal human emotion. Anger can be experienced as feeling irritated or annoyed, or can be more intense and experienced as rage. We often find that other emotions occur at the same time, such as frustration, jealousy, feeling hurt or rejected. When angry, you may notice physical changes in your body such as feeling hot, sweaty, racing heart or shaky.
Feeling angry is normal and ok, but can be considered a problem if it is having a negative impact on you and part of your life, or others around you. Knowing when anger is a problem can be difficult. Some signs may include:
- Feeling angry more often than not
- You are using other means to manage anger such as drugs or alcohol
- If it is having an impact on your relationships, your job or health
- When feeling angry is accompanied by aggressive and abusive behaviour, such as verbal, emotional and physical
Treatment for anger will involve understanding your anger, the reasons why it occurs and possible triggers. You will also learn techniques about how to prevent the anger from occurring and also manage your anger when it does occur through calming techniques.