Angry feelings can be triggered by the loss of a loved one, sexual frustration, when tired, hungry or in pain. Withdrawal from drugs or medicines and premenstrual syndrome can be other contributory factors.

Most often angry outbursts are a reaction to a perceived threat or personal violation resulting in feeling offended, wronged, or persecuted.

Anger can be a motivating and protecting force but can become dangerous to you and others when it gets out of control. In this heightened state the body releases stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Your heart rate and blood pressure increase and prompt the body into taking swift action toward a perceived threat. This can cloud your judgement and lead to unreasonable behaviour.

Behaviours can range from bullying, aggression, sarcasm, swearing, shouting and name calling, to physical acts of violence.

Excessive anger can cause problems at work and in relationships; as a low tolerance of others views and general life limitations. Ultimately in some cases anger and aggression result in conflict with the law.

At ASC, in a calm and non-judgmental environment we can help you identify triggers and physical warning signs, reduce stress, manage intense emotions more productively and communicate effectively.