Anger is a normal emotion. Everyone gets angry about different things, for example when you think something is unfair or upsetting, others treat you or other people badly or you feel like someone or something is winding you up. Sometimes you can feel angry but not know why.
When we get angry it stimulates our body’s adrenaline response, which is our body’s way of helping us to cope with certain situations. When someone gets angry they tend to feel hot, your heart beats faster and your stomach feels churned up, your fists may clench and your muscles feel tight.
Anger is shown in different ways: for example, some people shout, some people become violent, some people become tearful. Anger does not have to be a bad thing. Anger can remain under your control.
The signs of having anger issues include:
- hitting or physically hurting other people
- shouting at other people
- mixing with people who get you into trouble
- breaking things
- losing control
- winding people up.
Anger issues can lead to other problems such as eating problems, depression, risky behaviour, refusing to go to school, becoming isolated, harming yourself, drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs.
If you feel that your anger is getting out of control on a regular basis or you feel unsafe it is important to try and deal with the anger instead of letting it get worse. It is important that you ask for help.
If you want to know more about anger issues and the help you can get you might find these websites useful: