How are anger and depression related? Read more to find out

Suppressed and uncontrollable anger can lead to other mental illnesses developing, and vice versa. When anger issues are left untreated, they can not only harm your physical self and your relationships, but it can also bring up other mental health issues that you may not have recognised before.

Often, anger issues come from an underlying emotional or personal problem that is much bigger. As anger stems from feelings of helplessness, it’s common for depression to be this underlying issue. What that depression relates to you personally will vary from person to person.

Depression is more than just feelings of sadness. Most of the time, depression arises from an inability to express one’s feelings, which is why depression and anger are usually combined. Some of the most common symptoms of depression include:

  • Low mood
  • Disinterest in activities, including ones you may have once found enjoyable
  • Changes in sleep patterns and changes in weight/ appetite
  • Poor sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings

Irritability, an inability to concentrate, or sit in one place can all be symptoms of problematic anger issues, but they’re also other symptoms of depression. If you are having feelings of uncontrolled anger, they may be signs of an underlying depression that you’ve been avoiding.

How do I treat it?

In the case of depression diagnosis, psychological therapy with a Clinical Psychologist whom understands and treats depression is necessary.

When anger is a major symptom of your depression, then professional therapy is essential. A psychologist can help you with discussing and breaking down your feelings and issues and then addressing and healing these, as well as practice CBT to change the way your mind processes negative or upsetting stimuli.

How can I manage my disorder?

It is possible to help with the treatment of your depression through certain lifestyle choices, including:

  • Exercise – A regular endorphin rush will help improve your mood, so try exercising consistently.
  • Get enough sleep – This goes for both too little and too much sleep. Try to make a schedule for your sleeping.
  • Eat healthy – Try to maintain a regular, healthy diet
  • Set goals – If you set yourself goals, you’ll find yourself more motivated to reach those goals, and create a more positive outlook on tasks.
  • Try new activities– Escape the rut by going on new adventures or attending events you haven’t been to before.

These steps can assist with dealing with regular ruts, or helping pick you up, however clinical depression needs to be professionally treated. If you feel like your anger may be symptomatic of depression, then schedule an appointment with a Clinical Psychologist or talk to your GP about treatment for your anger and depression.

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Able to understand relation between anger and depression? or have a question or query? Contact Ashley your Gold Coast Psychologist via email or on 07 55743888. We are more than happy to help you!