Understanding anger as a mental health issue is vital: it is often linked in with alcohol and drug abuse, depression, paranoia, anxiety, compulsions, self-injury and even psychosis. It’s important to address and treat anger as a serious health problem before it spirals from bouts of frustration to self-destruction. Some therapists believe that bottled-up anger comes to the surface in the form of depression. As this infographic shows, anger’s an issue that a lot of people deal with – especially young people – and that can manifest itself in many harmful modes.
The thing about anger is that when it’s happening, it’s hard to place yourself out of the situation, or even recognise that what you’re feeling could be leading to a problem. So just being aware of the physical manifestations of anger – clamminess, an inability to articulate your feelings, clenching fists, feeling flustered – can help you when you do find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Self-awareness and identification of the signs is always the first step to being able to address an issue.