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Angry girl with arms crossed


A wide range of influential authors agree that we are getting more and more angry; and research shows that this anger is linked with a range of physical, mental and social problems. For instance, chronic and intense anger has been linked with:

  • higher rates of Coronary Heart Disease, stroke, cancer
  • higher rates of common physical illnesses incl colds and flu
  • increased risk-taking, poor decision-making and substance misuse
  • lower levels of social support and higher stress levels
  • less frequent use of positive coping strategies such as actively addressing problems. and
  • increased probability of breakups or other problems in relationships

Anger has also been linked with mental health problems including higher levels of anxiety and fear; worry; and higher levels of depression. Anger is also associated with reductions in confidence, happiness, wellbeing and quality of life.

Yet it is highly treatable with CBT.


The Mental Health Organisation launched a report ‘Boiling Point‘ about how anger affects individuals, families and communities:

  • almost a third of people polled (32%) say they have a close friend or family member who has trouble controlling their anger.
  • more than one in ten (12%) say that they have trouble controlling their own anger.
  • more than one in four people (28%) say that they worry about how angry they sometimes feel.
  • one in five of people (20%) say that they have ended a relationship or friendship with someone because of how they behaved when they were angry.
  • the majority of the population either strongly agree or agree that people in general are getting angrier.

Treatment towards better

People are struggling for the want of information and techniques to manage their feelings - information that is not routinely taught in families or schools. CBT can help by breaking problems into smaller parts and offering a range of tools and techniques so that individuals can troubleshoot themselves. The latter includes identifying and ultimately changing maladaptive thinking and thoughts.

Alongside, or prior to therapy selfcare can help i.e. lifestyle changes such as releasing pent up energy with exercise; cutting down on alcohol, stopping smoking and eating more healthily.  Self-care and compassion are also vital because symptoms can improve when we look after ourselves, and treat ourselves with kindness, care and respect (see more information tab on DAKtivism for selfcare ideas). 

 "I would definitely recommend this to others – it has been life changing. I have found the real me – no masks which can be tiring. This new me feels awesome and that feeling is priceless. I can be myself and be the best mum to my kids. I feel I have improved a lot in terms of my health and more generally. I am now a lot more calm and confident in myself; things I would have found myself freaking out before, I can now bring myself back and easily. I am eating healthier, and getting more routine in life to include starting back in gym ... and it too is changing life for the better. Thank you so much Ann.

– Fran: anger, anxiety and confidence (R399; 6 sessions)

"The sessions definitely have been really good; I looked forward to these - just talking to someone outside the family that I can be honest with. Coming has been really good and I would definitely recommend this for others. It is just a different way of thinking; a clearer way of thinking that means I now can have a better life for me, my kids, and even relationships with wider family. I would just love wider family to have this too. It was a blessing for sure to be referred for CBT. Thank you!!

– Sam: anger, anxiety and worry (R386, 8 sessions)

"I would definitely recommend this to others. From the start of therapy to now is a world apart. Im definitely happier now. ... Sometimes I was not patient with family, and my children – so they have definitely noticed the improvements. This therapy has really helped. ... Previously I was my own best critic and now I am my own best friend. Yes, it has been really good. Im very very grateful."

– John (anger, anxiety and worry)