Some of the common symptoms of anger and irritability
Have you been feeling?
full of rage
Have you had thoughts like?
‘I/they have ruined everything’
‘I/they have let me down’
‘I can’t trust myself/anyone’
‘I/they deserve this’
‘If I do it, I will not be able to control myself’
‘I/they have made a fool of me’
Have you noticed?
poor concentration or poor memory
you are thinking the worst of people
everything seems like a big problem
you are more snappy and irritable than usual
you are shouting or arguing
you are avoiding situations
you are verbally or physically aggressive
you are becoming tearful/emotional
your heart pounding in your chest
a stomach-churning sensation
Possible causes of anger and irritability
Learnt behaviour – You can learn unhelpful ways to deal with situations that can result in you feeling angry. If you struggle to express your feelings, particularly anger, you may find yourself low in mood as a result of not expressing your anger or frustration in a safe and responsible way. Your childhood or life experiences may be the reason for this.
Stressful life events – These can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced or being attacked/abused.
Pressure – You may be under pressure at home or work, feel trapped or unable to problem solve certain issues.Pressure – You may be under pressure at home or work, feel trapped or unable to problem solve certain issues.
Negative thinking – Sometimes you may start to think negatively due to an event or situation, this can then become a habit and part of your general outlook; you may not even be aware of how negatively you were thinking or how this is impacting on you.
Anxious personality type – you may have certain thinking styles which are part of your personality that can lead to you feeling anxious.