Anger/Managing Strong Emotions

Everyone experiences anger, just as any other emotion. It isn’t necessarily right or wrong to feel angry. Sometimes we can feel angry for good reasons, such as problems at home, school stresses, falling out with a friend or partner. But, sometimes, we feel angry and we just don’t know why.

This could be the result of stress and pressure building up on you or because of something that happened in your past, such as neglect or abuse. When you get angry you might feel a rush of adrenaline, a churn in your stomach, an increasing heart rate or tension. Sometimes anger can feel overwhelming and confusing.

Feeling angry a lot of the time can lead to risky behaviours, such as eating problems, depression, self-harm, drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs. Anger issues can make you feel isolated or not wanting to go to school or college. Try talking to someone you trust if you feel you are having problems.

Where to go for help and advice:

Speaking to your GP in private can help. They will be able to refer you to local services where you can talk through skills and strategies to help you cope.