Anger can be described as an intense emotion in response to feelings of opposition or hostility to something or someone. Uncontrolled anger can produce emotional outbursts or aggressive behavior.
Learning how to deal with anger issues through anger management techniques can help you develop the anger management skills necessary for healthy relationships.
This article will discuss uncontrollable anger and its health risks, anger management techniques, coping strategies, treatments, and classes.
We all feel anger at times. In fact, anger can be a beneficial emotion. Anger directed at a person or situation may be accompanied by feelings of antagonism, especially when we think someone has wronged us or a situation has gone wrong.
Anger triggers our “fight-or-flight” response, similar to our body’s response to fear or excitement.1 The adrenal glands release hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which increase heart rate and blood pressure to prepare our bodies to respond with intensity.
The fight-or-flight response can be a productive response if it leads to an effective solution, like quick problem-solving, the ability to assert ourselves, or the courage to forgive someone.
However, uncontrollable anger is characterized by episodes of unwarranted rage resulting in unhealthy responses that may include outbursts, fighting, or abuse. Depending on the frequency and severity of outbursts, uncontrolled anger may be reflective of a condition called intermittent explosive disorder.2
People who experience uncontrolled anger may express their anger in different ways; however, typically the response is disproportionate to the situation.
Common responses include:
- Assaulting people or animals
- Being argumentative
- Chest tightness
- Damaging property
- Getting into fights
- Heightened energy
- An increasing sense of tension
- Racing thoughts
- Repression (that manifests as anxiety or depression)
- Temper tantrums
- Threatening others
What Is Anger Management?
Anger management involves identifying the source or triggers for your anger and developing positive coping strategies. Treatment options like cognitive behavioral therapy, support groups, and sometimes medication can provide therapeutic solutions to anger that’s out of control.3
Stressors related to work, finances, family, or personal health issues are common causes of anger. Many people suffer from uncontrolled anger as a side effect of past abuse or trauma.4
Anger management can teach you how to control anger by allowing you to recognize the symptoms such as a racing heart rate, jaw clenching, or the urge to yell or throw things.
Learning how to release anger productively may require you to: