Anger signals your body to prepare for a fight. This reaction is commonly classified as "fight or flight." When you get angry, adrenaline and other hormones are released into the bloodstream, then your blood pressure goes up, your heart beats faster, and you breathe faster.
Many people mistakenly believe that anger is always a bad emotion and that expressing anger is not okay. In reality, anger can be a normal response to everyday events. It is the right response to any situation that is a real threat. Anger can be a positive driving force behind our actions. Anger can also be a symptom of something else, depending on how often a person feels angry and how angry the person feels.
Hostility is being ready for a fight all the time. Hostile people are often stubborn, impatient, hotheaded, or have an "attitude." They are frequently in fights or may say they feel like hitting something or someone. Hostility isolates you from other people.
Teens who say they often feel angry and hostile also more often feel anxious, stressed, sad, and fatigued. They have more problems with alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, and eating disorders than teens who do not have high levels of anger.
Violent behaviour often begins with verbal threats or relatively minor incidents, but over time it can involve physical harm. Violent behaviour is very damaging, both physically and emotionally. Violent behaviour can include physical, verbal, or sexual abuse of an intimate partner (domestic violence), a child (child abuse), or an older adult (elder abuse).
Violence causes more injury and death in children, teenagers, and young adults than infectious disease, cancer, or birth defects. There is no single explanation for violence caused by youth.
If you are angry, hostile, or have violent behaviour, it is important to find help. You can learn ways to control your feelings and actions. Contact the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence toll-free at 1-800-267-1291. This agency can help you find the help you need.
Use the Check Your Symptoms section to decide if and when you should see a doctor.
If you are angry, hostile, or violent, it is important to find help. You can learn ways to control your feelings and actions. Contact the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence toll-free at 1-800-267-1291. This agency can help you find the help you need.
You can control your feelings of anger or hostility and avoid violence.
Use the Check Your Symptoms section to evaluate your feelings, if your anger, hostility, or violent behaviour becomes more frequent or severe.
To prevent anger, hostility, and avoid violence:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your health professional diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:
While waiting for your appointment, it may be helpful to keep a diary of your feelings.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Martin J. Gabica, MD, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Brigid McCaw, MD, MS, MPH, FACP - Family Violence Prevention|
|Last Revised||June 8, 2010|
Last Revised: April 8, 2012
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