After Arizona law enforcement arrested you for a violent crime, you did some soul searching to understand what led to your actions. Could you have an undiagnosed anger issue?
WebMD explains the internal and external struggles those with anger issues face. Understanding what led to your arrest may help you feel empowered and build your legal case.
Understanding anger issues
While all humans experience anger, some of us cannot control our words, actions, or thoughts surrounding the intense emotion. When one’s anger cause problems with friends, family, physical health, work and law enforcement, it makes sense to understand the root of the issue.
Signs of anger issues
Knowing the difference between healthy anger and dangerous anger helps you determine how much work you have ahead. Common indications of problems with anger include feeling upset by inconsequential things, physically or verbally harming others, feeling angry all the time, feeling regret about words and actions fueled by anger and feeling like you cannot get a handle on your anger.
Addressing anger issues
If you even suspect you could have anger issues, take steps to address them before they lead to more unfortunate situations. For instance, work on finding healthier ways to express your anger, such as speaking about your emotions without hurting other people’s feelings. Another way to deal with anger issues is to focus on the solution rather than the problem. You could also figure out your values so you know when to let go of things that do not matter.
Understanding yourself better could prevent more run-ins with the law. Anger does not have to hold you in a physical or mental jail.