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Anger: Causes, Signs/Symptoms, and Interventions

To begin, it is important to know that anger is normal, and for the most part, healthy. The point of this article is to assist you when your anger may be getting to a point where it’s out of control, which can lead to a plethora of issues personally and professionally.

Causes of Anger (Healthline.com):

  • Stress
  • Family Problems
  • Financial Issues

*Some anger is not necessarily caused by one of the factors listed above, but because of an underlying mental health disorder like; Depression, OCD, Abuse of Substances, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Grief, amongst others.

Signs/Symptoms & Risks with Suppressing Anger (Healthline.com & WebMD.com):

  • Signs: If you’re feeling angry often, if your anger is feeling out of control, of if your anger is hurting others.
  • Physical Symptoms: Increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension.
  • Emotional Symptoms: Irritability, anxiety, rage, feeling overwhelmed, and guilt.
  • Risks: High blood pressure, heart problems, headaches, skin disorders, and digestive issues.

Interventions (MayoClinic.org):

  • Think before you speak
  • Express your anger through effective, calm communication (like ‘I’ statements)
  • Exercise
  • Brainstorm Solutions
  • Utilize humor
  • Work on relaxation skills (mindfulness/journal/deep breathing)

*Additionally, “Research shows that therapy, in the long term, may result in positive changes in the brain. Therapy is considered an important part of an anger treatment plan. The overall goal of therapy is to help you learn strategies to help change your behaviors toward your triggers and manage anger in better ways when it comes up.” (Healthline.com)

Dr. Lena Pearlman & Associates is a St Louis mental health therapy practice in Creve Coeur, Missouri. The practice has a team of mental health therapists who provide therapy and counseling services to kids, teens, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Lena Pearlman & Associates specializes in stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other mental health related issues and concerns. The practice can be reached by phone at: 314-942-1147, by email at: bryan@stlmentalhealth.com or on the web at: www.STLmentalhealth.com. The office is located at: 655 Craig Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63141.