Do You Have Any of These 4 Anger Symptoms?

Anger is something that we all deal with from time to time. Unfortunately, some of us have a harder time managing anger, and don’t even know it. So, how do you know if you’re in that category? Use these 4 symptoms of anger problems to see if you might have an anger issue.

Do any of these signs describe you or someone you know?

1. You Get Angry Often

If you get angry frequently, there’s a good chance you may have some issues related to anger that need to be dealt with. When this happens one of the best things to do is give yourself time away from the things that are making you angry. Even if it’s just for a few minutes.

2. You’re Always Defensive

Are you always getting defensive about something? Things like your work, your looks, your weight, how you talk, or anything else? Getting defensive and angry over things that make you defensive, is a sign you should evaluate things before reading too much into them. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself getting angry over things that probably were taken out of context. These are the perfect situations to take time out to think before you say anything, so you can avoid making things worse.

3. Any Little Thing Gets You Mad

Do the smallest things set you off? You know things like: getting stuck in traffic, your morning coffee is cold, or you get ketchup on your new shirt. There are worse things in life than spilling something on your shirt… although it can be annoying, it really doesn’t justify the amount of anger, or attention, that it gets.

4. You Get Aggressive

Becoming aggressive when you’re angry is one of the worst things you can do. It can be a marker of just how “out of control” your anger is. If you get aggressive when you get angry, even for small things, then you’re endangering not only yourself, but those around you.

Recognizing any of these symptoms is the first step in taking charge of your anger, before it starts affecting your life and relationships.

Seriously… don’t be like Angry Benson, in this video…

4 Possible Triggers or Causes of Anger Issues

In learning how to deal with anger, part of the goal is to recognize the triggers, or causes of anger issues, and to then be able to contain them, before they become more problematic.

Here’s a small list of issues that can trigger outbursts of anger, that you may find familiar:

Frustration

When we don’t get exactly what we want we can get annoyed. Some things can drive you over the edge. Things like: when the mail comes late, when the morning newspaper is found soaking in the only puddle of water in your entire yard, or when you need to be someplace at a certain time, and you’re in a long line at the grocery store.

These are the things which can make us become frustrated and which, if presented to us in a string of bad occurrences can push us to the point that at some time, we just snap… and there goes our tempers along with it.

Stress

Many people who suffer from stress will find that it is all too easy for them to lose their temper, at the drop of a hat. If you are stressed out, then most likely these are the times you may feel more vulnerable to losing your temper and getting angry.

Fear

Fear can be a big cause of anger issues, and in making you lose your temper. When we are scared of something, we react to it in very different ways, but for many people this usually means they will strive to hide their fears and instead try to be strong and show how angry they are.

Lack of Sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep the night before, or even for a few nights running, not only will you be sleepy and tired, but you will also find that you are on edge emotionally and can blow up at the slightest thing.

Did you recognize any of these triggers?

As you can see, the smallest things can set you off if you’re unaware of them. The key to controlling your anger is to take note of possible causes of anger issues and take steps to control your reaction to them, before your emotions get out of hand.

Problem with Anger? Here are 7 Symptoms of Anger Problems

If you’re looking for some signs (or symptoms) of anger problems, then you’re in the right place. Keep reading to find out 7 ways to know if you, or someone you know, potentially has an anger issue.

This list, is by no means, set in stone; but it should at least give you an idea of where you are – as far as handling anger is concerned.

1. Getting Angry Often

Everyone experiences anger from time to time, but getting angry more times than you can count, can be a symptom of an anger problem.

2. Holding on to Anger for Long Periods of Time

Being angry for a small amount of time can be ok – but staying angry for long periods of time, can introduce health problems, or escalate into bigger issues.

There is no set amount of time to be angry, but it’s safe to say that being angry for most of your life, or for years and years can turn into something ugly.

3. Getting Angry About ‘Anything’ or For No Reason

We all have our so-called hot buttons. There’s going to be something that can get us angry. Some of us, on the other hand, tend to fly off the handle over any little thing, on a frequent basis. Does that describe you?

4. Allowing Anger to Control You

Does everything you do, say, or feel revolve around anger? Going out of your way to avoid getting angry, or constantly being on the lookout for things that can make you angry, gives control to anger – while, at the same time, letting it run your life.

5. Using Anger to Control Others

It should go without saying, that using anger and fear tactics to control someone else is not only hurting you, but those around you. If people are walking on eggshells around you, this could be one of the symptoms of anger problems.

6. Having Intense Anger

If you frequently find yourself getting so angry that your vision starts getting blurred, you get light-headed, or your arms/hands start shaking uncontrollably, there’s a strong possibility that you have a problem with anger (or some other health issue).

7. Aggressive Anger

Of course this is not a good sign. This is probably one of the most obvious, yet serious symptoms of anger problems, that are listed here. If you consistently express your anger by getting aggressive – physically or verbally – then seek the help of an anger management professional.

Now that you’ve gone through this list of anger problem symptoms, do you think you have an anger issue (or maybe someone you know)?

You probably already know the answer to that question.

So, what can you do about it now?

Realistically, you have a couple of choices here.

A) You can either keep doing what you’ve been doing and keep getting the same results… in other words, keep responding to anger without thinking and continue making yourself and those around you miserable.

or…

B) You can CHOOSE to find better ways to respond to anger. Ways that will leave you feeling better about yourself and respected by others.

The thing is, you DO have a choice… whether it seems like it or not.

Although, Angry Benson (see video below) does a poor job of doing so, you can choose to not let anger control you.