Signs and symptoms of anger problems
Anger is a natural human emotion that we all experience from time to time. Anger - when used right - is a healthy response when we need to defend ourselves, both physically from an attack and emotionally when we feel that someone is violating our boundaries, integrity and independence.
Common factors that can make you angry
The human being is programmed with an instinct for danger that makes us willing to "fight or flight". The threat inspires feelings and behaviors in an often powerfully aggressive manner, making it possible for us to be able to fight and defend ourselves when we are being attacked. A certain amount of anger is thus essential to our survival. When you are angry, your body releases stress hormones, like adrenaline, that make your pulse and heart rate go up, your body temperature to increase and for you to breathe faster. Your body is prepared to fight.
Emotional, behavioral and physical signs and symptoms of anger
If your anger becomes excessive or uncontrollable, it can be destructive and may lead to problems at work, in your relationships and in your overall life. When having anger problems, it is common to often regret your actions afterwards, since it hurts your loved ones. But the impulse to react is too strong at the time. When anger gets out of control, the consequences can be very serious and there are no limits to what it will lead to for yourself and others.
Uncontrolled or unresolved anger can lead to many problems, including:
This anger test is not to be seen as a final diagnosis. If you are uncertain about your result, we suggest that you get professional help as soon as possible.
If you are feeling suicidal
If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in immediate crisis, please contact your national emergency number or go to Befrienders Worldwide that offers crisis resources worldwide.