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What Causes Anger Management Issues?

Anger in the New Year

The start of a new year can bring increased levels of stress, anxiety, and worry. All these feelings are normal, but they can lead to anger if ignored. It’s important to know anger is a natural response when things go wrong. Feeling angry can sometimes be a good thing by allowing you to express negative feelings or motivating you to solve problems. However, it can lead to an issue if you have trouble controlling it and end up saying or doing something you regret.

Many things can trigger anger around this time, including family and financial problems or feeling stress from the pressure to have a successful year. For some people, an underlying disorder can make them angry often, such as alcoholism, anxiety, or depression.

Let’s look at some of the possible causes of anger issues and where to find support.

Feeling Stressed

It’s essential to know the difference between healthy stress and distress. Sometimes stress is nothing more than what gets us out of bed in the morning and motivates us to tackle the day. Distress, on the other hand, is when the stress is too much to handle and is no longer a motivator. This type of stress causes many people to be irritable and angry. Looking at what is fueling your stress will help you better understand your feelings.


Those with an anxiety disorder tend to channel their negative emotions inwards and may feel they can not handle their stress. Even if someone with anxiety is conscious of their fears and worries, that doesn’t mean they are aware when their concerns turn to anger. This anger can make them feel more in control of their anxious thoughts. In other words, it may be difficult to control without support.


If you have a depression disorder, it can be challenging to regulate your emotions. Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest can soon lead to anger. It is common for those with depression to perceive things with a negative bias, which can leave them feeling angry or impatient with others. Depression is best described as “anger turned inward.”

Finding Support for Anger Management

No matter the underlying cause of your anger issues, it’s important to know you can find support. You can reduce and control your anger by recognizing your triggers and finding ways to avoid them.

If you or someone you love is having difficulty managing anger, Grace Land Recovery is here to help. We offer services to assist with anger management. Give us a call at (901) 519-2655 or click here to get started.