- 1 Introduction
- 2 How does anger hurt you?
- 3 How can we manage your anger?
- 4 References
Anger is a common emotion experienced by many of us. In fact, it is hard to find someone who does not feel angry at all.
Anger is frequently described as a fire and truly it works like one.
Normal VS Abnormal Anger
There are the features that suggest that your anger might need treatment.
- It causes you to suffer from mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety.
Evolutionary origins of anger
Anger helps us survive. It sets limits, helping to keep us safe from discomfort and danger. In ancient times, anger helped people ward off threats such as wild animals, and spurred them to defend themselves against aggression.
In today’s context, anger protects us from being taken advantage of. It tells us that someone is demanding something unreasonable from us, that they are not respecting our rights. Think: bosses making you work overtime for free, unwanted sexual harassment, etc.
Hence, a certain amount of anger is useful. However, when anger spirals out of control, it becomes an obstacle.
Could my anger be due to a medical reason?
Absolutely. There are several conditions and medicines that have been shown to be related to anger, such as:
- Overactive thyroid
- Liver problems
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Certain medicines e.g. statin (to help lower cholesterol)
How does anger hurt you?
You might think that it is OK to be angry, but look around you.
What are some signs that your anger needs treatment?
What are the mental health issues?
What are the physical health issues?
- Increased risk of hypertension
- Increased risk of coronary heart diseases
- Sleep disturbances (difficulty falling asleep and remaining asleep, excessive sleepiness in the daytime)
- Increased risk of acute and chronic pain
How can we manage your anger?