Exploring the causes of anger (and how it can be managed)

Anger is a perfectly normal emotion. We don’t choose to be angry, but how we channel this emotion is down to us as individuals. It can manifest itself verbally or physically, and both reactions can be harmful to those around us. We may feel unable to control our outbursts, but learning to manage them is possible.


Anger is a natural emotion, but it can become a problem if it interferes with our daily lives. Anger can impact our overall wellbeing and cause significant physical health issues, such as raised [blood pressure](http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Blood-pressure-(high)/Pages/Introduction.aspx) and cardiac problems.

Anger is often linked to depression, since mood and emotions work side-by-side. When feeling low, you’re more likely to experience sadness and anger. This can impact the way you communicate with others. You may become more judgemental and have feelings of exhaustion. Anger may be triggered by major events in your life, such as health or financial changes.

There are many ways that anger can be managed, from self-help books, to antidepressants, to therapy. These can help you to understand what triggers your anger and how to manage it more effectively. The biggest step is to admit that there’s a problem, and that you want to do something positive to address it.

Written by Claire Routledge Dip Couns Reg MBACP.
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