What is anger?

Anger is a natural response to feeling attacked, deceived, frustrated or treated unfairly. Everyone gets angry sometimes – it’s part of being human. It isn’t always a ‘bad’ emotion; in fact it can sometimes be useful. For example, feeling angry about something can:

– help us identify problems or things that are hurting us.
– motivate us to create change.
– help us defend ourselves in dangerous situations by giving us a burst of energy.

When is anger a problem?

Anger only becomes a problem when it harms you or people around you. This can happen when:

– you regularly express your anger through unhelpful or destructive behaviour.
– your anger is having a negative impact on your overall mental and physical health.

Download the Mind brochure on how to deal with anger.

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