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When does anger become problematic?

Anger is a normal emotion with adaptive functions. It can help us notice something wrong, overcome obstacles, solve problems, and make social change. However, anger becomes problematic when it starts disrupting your day-to-day functioning. If left unchecked, anger can lead to aggression and other harm.

Here are some indicators that can help you understand if your anger needs further attention and management:

  1. Frequency: The more frequently you experience anger outbursts, the more disruptive they tend to be.

  2. Latency: Reacting too quickly can lead to impulsivity and failure to consider the consequences.

  3. Intensity: High-intensity anger is almost always problematic, as it can lead to actions that might harm others.

  4. Duration: Long-lasting anger can cause negative thoughts and beliefs to emerge.

  5. Inability to control: When you feel unable to control your anger.

  6. Unhealthy expression of anger: When you express your anger through disruptive behaviors such as self-harm.

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