How to Identify Anger Issues in a Friend or Loved One


As a natural, instinctive response to danger and threats, every one of us can experience anger. But just like every emotion that becomes too much, it can be harmful to our well-being and the people around us.

Among the health problems associated with uncontrolled anger issues include headache, digestion problems, insomnia, increased anxiety, high blood pressure, eczema, and even stroke and heart attack.

When it becomes destructive, anger is transformed into what is called an ‘anger issue.’

Identifying if a person has an anger issue can be difficult when you are used to their temperament or when you can justify their behavior for something else.

As a provider of psychotherapy in Frisco, Texas at True Narra Counseling, I understand that this is a difficult position to be in. However, this is ultimately harmful to everyone involved.

To help you determine whether this friend or loved one needs professional counseling services, I will be listing down signs that point to anger issues.

Bear in mind, however, that these signs will differ from one person to another as they will depend on how they express their anger.

  • Outward
    Characterized as anger expressed aggressively and openly, it involves behavior such as cursing, shouting, breaking things, throwing, and being verbally or physically abusive
  • Inward
    Characterized as anger directed to oneself, it involves negative self-talk, self-harm, and self-isolation, among others.
  • Passive
    Characterized as anger expressed indirectly and subtly, it involves passive-aggressive behavior such as being sarcastic, giving the people involved a cold shoulder, or making snide remarks.

Do you have a friend or loved one displaying these behaviors? It’s crucial to enlist the help of a therapist in Texas or elsewhere to help them work through their anger and see whether they do have anger issues.

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