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Did you know?...
Did you know.....
  • Keeping your anger in check is good for your health
  • Anger is a natural emotion, but sometimes anger can lead to behaviour that's out of control
  • Having difficulty controlling your anger makes your body more likely to have physical problems that can occur now or later, this happens because your mind and your body are connected
  • Sometimes anger comes from being in a situation you can't change or as a result of a situation that you have experienced.

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What are anger issues?

Anger is a normal emotional response to situations we find ourselves in from time to time. Anger can range from mild irritation to a powerful fury.

Anger might be directed at a specific person, yourself or at a situation, and can be the result of many things; a reaction to a situation such as a confrontation, car accident, exam failure or relationship trouble; it might be related to a memory. Anger is often associated with, or a response to, other emotions such as worry, guilt or frustration when things don’t go as expected or when people act differently to how you would expect. Some young people are not able to control angry feelings.

Signs that anger could be a problem may include:

Being angry a lot of the time
Using anger as a means to get something
Becoming abusive (emotionally, verbally, physically or psychologically) as a result of anger
Anger expressed is out of proportion to the event

Anger leading to relationship or work problems
People have expressed concern about your anger
Getting angry with people closest to you (rather than addressing the problem)

When we get angry, the hormone adrenalin makes our teeth clench and our shoulders tense. You may feel your heart pump faster, your stomach might churn, your fists may clench and muscles tense. These are natural reactions and can be useful signals to warn us when we are getting worked up.

If anger cannot be expressed it can lead to physical problems, depression and anxiety and can cause relationships to wither.

What can I do about feeling angry?

Unfortunately getting rid of or avoiding the things, people or situations that cause anger is not always possible, but you can learn to reduce emotional feelings and the physical responses that anger causes and also control your reactions.

It is important to recognise if you have anger problems to try and deal with the anger instead of letting it get worse and creating more problems for you that may be more serious such as depression or addiction.

Are you getting enough sleep? Not getting enough sleep can make us tired and irritable and more likely to get angry.
Identify triggers that cause anger – recognise the situations that make you angry; you may be able to avoid these things or respond more appropriately when they happen. Recognise how the body reacts before getting angry so that you can manage the feelings and situation before it gets out of control.
Relaxation Give yourself a break and schedule in some personal time to relax or do something you enjoy.

If anger is starting to build, sometimes the best thing to do is get away from the situation for a while to calm down and think clearly before going back to it.

Time Out
Talk to Someone It can help a lot to speak to someone that you trust if you feel like things are getting on top of you and you feel that your anger is out of control. A trusted adult will be able to help you to see what changes you can make or help you can access, they will also help you to focus on a solution to problems rather than the anger-causing the problem itself.