Anger is a normal emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. However, if a person feels unable to control their anger, it can cause problems in relationships and at work. It might also affect their quality of life.
Anger is an integral part of the body’s “fight, flight, or freeze” system, which helps protect us from threats or danger.
However, high levels of unresolved anger may have a negative impact on health. According to the American Psychological Association, anger has links with inflammation in older adults. This could lead to chronic diseases.
Research from 2015Trusted Sourcesuggests that the overall lifetime prevalence of intense, inappropriate, or poorly controlled anger in the general population in the United States is 7.8%. Anger seems to affect more men than women, and it also seems more prevalent among younger adults.
This article looks at the potential causes of anger, how to self-manage it, possible treatments and therapies, and when to see a doctor.
Causes of Feeling Angry
People can become angry for many reasons, and everyone experiences anger differently.
Events or circumstances that cause an angry outburst in one person may not affect another person at all.
Someone might experience anger if they feel:
- attacked or threatened
- frustrated or powerless
- invalidated or unfairly treated
Circumstances that may trigger feelings that lead to anger include:
- problems that a specific person, such as a coworker, partner, friend, or family member, has caused
- frustrating events, such as being stuck in a traffic jam or having a flight canceled
- personal problems that cause extreme worry or ruminating
- memories of traumatic or infuriating events
- physical or psychological pain
- environmental conditions, such as uncomfortable temperatures
- feeling that goals are unachievable
- personal offense due to unfair treatment, insults, rejections, and criticism
Anger can also play a significant role in grief. Many people feel angry when they are dealing with losing a partner, close friend, or family member.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of anger can vary from person to person. Anger affects the mind and body in a variety of ways.
Effects that anger may have on the body include:
- increased heart rate
- feeling hot
- tightness in the chest
- stomach churning
- clenching jaws or grinding teeth
- tense muscles
- shaking or trembling
- leg weakness
- feeling faint
Effects that anger may have on the mind include feeling:
- anxious, nervous, or unable to relax
- easily irritated
- sad or depressed
- like striking out physically or verbally
Other behaviors and feelings associated with anger include:
- becoming sarcastic
- losing sense of humor
- yelling, screaming, or crying
- acting in an abusive manner
- craving substances such as alcohol or tobacco
Physical, emotional, and behavioral cues can help a person recognize when they are experiencing the intermediate stages between low and extreme anger levels.
It is important to note that anger and aggression are different things. Anger is an emotion, whereas aggression is related to how a person behaves.
Not everyone with anger behaves aggressively, and not everyone who acts aggressively is angry.
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