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Anger Management Facts

After 22 years as an RN, I now write about medical issues and new medical advances. Diet, exercise, treatment, and lifestyle are important.


Healthy Anger or Not

While anger is a natural human experience to a perceived threat or frustrating event, there is a difference between this healthy emotion and full-fledged rage. Recently tempers have been short for many people as it has been difficult for people confined in their homes for the past year due to the COVID virus. Substance abuse has increased around the world, and many people are short-tempered.

If you find you are angry frequently about little things at work, at home or while driving your car, you might have a problem. Uncontrolled anger can be problematic in your personal relationships and for your health.

Some people feel they are at the mercy of their unpredictable angry emotions. Other emotions that play into anger include sadness, disappointment and frustration. Habitual anger is addictive.

Physical Effects of Anger

Charles Spielberger PHD, a psychologist, studies and specializes in anxiety and anger. He discusses the physiological and biological changes that occur with anger. The biological changes include an increased heart rate, blood pressure, and your body secretes the energy hormone, which includes adrenaline and nor-adrenaline. These are the same hormones that are excreted in the “fight or flight” syndrome.


Substance Abuse and Anger

In the United States, there are approximately twenty-one million people with substance abuse problems. Anger is quite often one of the results or possibly the cause of substance abuse. We are seeing a record number of people with some of these consequences:

  • Job loss
  • DUI’s
  • Loss of child custody
  • Domestic violence
  • Divorce or marital problems
  • Financial problem
  • Incarceration
  • Chronic anger, anxiety and depression
  • Accidents and injuries

Treatment for substance abuse can be very successful, however, anger requires an anger management treatment program, which often is not addressed in substance abuse treatment programs. Anger management issues are unique.These classes are being taught in many prisons today.

Drug overdoses have tripled since 1990. In addition, the cost of alcohol and drug addiction in the United States is greater than $600 billion annually. Over 90% of the people who have an addiction started drinking alcohol before they were 18 years old. People who learn healthy methods of coping with frustration or their anger are less likely to have a substance abuse problem.

Anger Management: Warning Signs + Anger Thermometer

Testing For Anger

There is a test (STAI) to assess state and trait anxiety, which was developed in 1964, but it has been revised several times. It assesses types of anxiety that includes feelings of tension, apprehension, nervousness and worry. The testes had to report the intensity of their feelings of anxiety at that moment and they reported the frequency of anxiety-related feelings, cognition and symptoms. Ultimately, they concluded that the physiological symptoms should be excluded as the emotions might be due to an unrelated medical condition, such as cancer or heart disease.

There are other online quizzes that assess a chronic anger problem, such as:


Lower Tolerance for Frustration

Some people are more easily angered than others, and psychologists state they have a low tolerance for frustration, which means they think they should not have to deal with inconvenience, annoyance or general frustration.

Some people show their anger simply by being grumpy or always irritable, instead of showing their anger in a more demonstrative way. The cause may be genetic, physiological or socio-cultural. Family background certainly plays a role in taking things in stride or having a low tolerance.

Anger Management Classes

There are many anger management programs available in most cities and on-line. The goal is to understand your anger and learn to control it. They teach you how to express your feelings in a healthier and more effective way. You learn to use self talk and to stop blaming others for all of your feelings.

Anger management classes use numerous techniques to change your thinking and behavior. You learn to understand primary and secondary feelings, as well as, how events from childhood may affect you. They also teach you new ways to get your needs met.

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5 Keys to Controlling Anger

Summary of Anger Management Tips

Mayo Clinic offers 10 tips for controlling your anger, with such simple techniques as in taking a time-out and, then, express your feelings once you have calmed down.

Relaxation therapy and exercise are both helpful in dealing with the stresses that cause angry feelings. If you can identify probable solutions to problems instead of focusing on your anger, you will experience more effective relationships and better problem solving skills. Most importantly, think before you speak!

If you have a problem controlling your anger, get some help. Life is too short to spend it feeling angry and miserable.

Anger Poll


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 13, 2021:

Hi Adrienne,

Sometimes finding that balance between venting and keeping things bottled-up is difficult. I surely is a serious issue. The way you were raised is very important.

I appreciate your insight and your comments. Stay safe and healthy!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 13, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

How you were raised is a huge factor in how we turn out as an adult. I am sorry to hear about your dad, yet you have turned out well. I am patient also even though there was a lot of yelling in my home as a child.

Thank you for your comments, Flourish. I hope you have a great well, and stay healthy.

Adrienne Farricelli on April 13, 2021:

This is a serious issue and can be detrimental for the sufferers' health and the health and wellbeing of those around them. It doesn't help that many sufferers are in denial or reluctant to seek out help. I feel that learning how to control anger is very important, although it's also important learning not to keep feelings bottled-up and finding healthy ways to vent.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 13, 2021:

My dad was an angry, imposing figure when I was a child and it created anxiety long-term in all three children, all manifested differently. I am not a patient person but I really really try given the past.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 12, 2021:

Hi Chrish,

It is good to learn to control any anger. I like the "bless me with patience".

I appreciate your comments. Blessings and love to you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 12, 2021:

Hi Ann,

I don't have a problem either, but I know of people who do. It is difficult when it is a child. They need to learn to cope a bit better or they will probably carry the problem into adulthood.

Thank you so much for your comments. Have a great week, Ann!

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 12, 2021:

So very helpful article Ms Pamela,

It is so true my mom and pop of course me too haha are often in an angry nerves even in a simple wordings, but of course it is often because of the person in front of me. Indeed we have control over our emotions, there is none crime that is involuntarily performed. I always murmured " oh lord God, kindly bless me with great patience " or I count as a distraction to my impulse. Blessings and lots of love (wink)

Ann Carr from SW England on April 12, 2021:

I don't have a problem with anger but I know a couple of people who do, one of whom is a child. It's hard to deal with but needs to be addressed.

Thanks for this eye-opening and educative article, Pamela. We all need to understand others' issues.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 12, 2021:

Hi Fran,

I am glad you found the article informative. I rarely get angry also.

I appreciate your comments. Have a great week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 12, 2021:

Hi Sp,

This has been a difficult year so substance abuse and anger issues have risen. There absolutely resources available.

I appreciate your comments. Have a good week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 12, 2021:

Hi Citrangada,

I fully agree with you as for some people it is habitual, unfortunately. It is not good for the person or those around them.