When should I see someone about my anger?
You should consider seeing someone in Counseling Services if difficulty managing your anger has caused problems in your life, or has been contributing to your feeling bad. This might be the case if:
- You have a tendency to throw things, break things, or otherwise damage property when angry.
- Your anger is causing difficulty in your relationships, such as might be the case if you say things you don't mean or that are hurtful to others.
- You have trouble coping with normal day to day frustration.
- You tend to turn to alcohol or substances to cope with your anger, which can make things worse.
- Your anger is associated with a persistently negative mood. Some people who become depressed experience a significant increase in irritability and emotional reactivity, and addressing the depression also helps with anger.
(adopted from "Ask Alice," Columbia University & Washington & Lee University)