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Many things can cause anger: Stress at work or at home. Social situations that make you angry. A response to everyday events.
Anger signals your body to prepare for a fight. This reaction is often called "fight or flight." When you get angry, adrenaline and other hormones are released into your blood. Then your blood pressure goes up, your heart beats faster, and you breathe faster.
When you express anger in a healthy way, it can inspire change and make you productive. But if you don't have the skills to express anger in a healthy way, anger can build up. You may hurt others—and yourself—emotionally and even physically. Violent behaviour often starts with verbal threats or fairly minor incidents. But over time, it can involve physical harm. It can include physical, verbal, or sexual abuse of an intimate partner (domestic violence), a child (child abuse), or an older adult (elder abuse).
It can also make you sick. Anger and constant hostility keep your blood pressure high. They increase your chances of having another health problem, such as depression, a heart attack, or a stroke. Some people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) feel angry and on alert all the time.
It may feel like there are no other ways to react when you are angry. But when you learn to work with anger in appropriate and healthy ways, your anger no longer controls you.
The first step to managing anger is to be more aware of it. Note the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that you have when you get angry. Practice noticing these signs of anger when you are calm. If you are more aware of the signs of anger, you can take steps to manage it. Here are a few tips:
If anger or stress starts to harm your work or personal relationships, you might seek help. You can learn ways to control your feelings and actions.
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Current as of: December 16, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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