Anger management helps you recognize frustrations early and resolve them in a way that allows you to express your needs — and keeps you calm and in control.
Some signs that you need help controlling your anger include:
- Regularly feeling that you have to hold in your anger
- Persistent negative thinking and focusing on negative experiences
- Constant feelings of irritation, impatience and hostility
- Frequent arguments with others that escalate frustrations
- Physical violence, such as hitting your partner or children or starting fights
- Threats of violence against people or property
- Out-of-control or frightening behavior, such as breaking things or driving recklessly
- Avoiding situations because of anxiety or depression about anger outbursts
June 10, 2017
- Anger management. National Crime Prevention Council. http://www.ncpc.org/topics/conflict-resolution/anger-management. Accessed March 15, 2017.
- Managing intense anger. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. https://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/docs/em_eap_managing_anger.asp. Accessed March 15, 2017.
- Controlling anger before it controls you. American Psychological Association. http://www.apa.org/topics/anger/control.aspx. Accessed March 17, 2017.
- Strategies for controlling your anger. American Psychological Association. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/controlling-anger.aspx. Accessed March 17, 2017.
- Sawchuk CN (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. March 21, 2017.