Anger is a very powerful emotion that can stem from feelings of frustrations, annoyance, or disappointment. Anger is a normal emotion that can range from the slight irritation to strong rage.
Anger can be harmful or helpful, depending upon how it is expressed. Knowing how to recognize and express anger in appropriate ways can help us to reach goals, handle emergencies, and solve problems. However, problems can occur when we fail to recognize and understand our anger.
Suppressed anger can be an underlying cause of anxiety and depression. Anger that is not appropriately expressed can harm relationships, cloud thinking, and create self-defeating behavior patterns. Suppressed anger can even cause physical problems. Chronic long-term anger has been linked to health issues such as high blood pressure, heart problems, headaches, skin disorders, digestive problems, and functional pain. Excessive, unresolved anger can be linked to problems such as crime, physical abuse, and family violence.