HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide
Section V – Common Mental Health Problems
Anger is a natural reaction to frustrating and/or painful events in our lives. Most of us express our anger in harmless ways such as yelling, crying, slamming doors and hanging up the telephone. After a while, the anger goes away. When anger hangs on, though, it can make us enraged over little things or be expressed through violent acts.
Excessive anger can make us sick, not only mentally, but physically. In fact, millions of Americans experience the side effects of chronic anger in the form of illnesses, drug and alcohol addiction, headaches, domestic violence and depression just to name a few. Anger can also be a symptom of depression. (See “Depression”.) Angry outbursts can prevent us from having good relationships with others and feeling good about ourselves. On the other hand, learning to manage our anger can enhance our emotional well being and lead to a healthier, happier life.
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