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Recognizing and Managing Anger

Anger Warning Signs

Everyone feels angry at times. This is a normal part of life. However, sometimes anger can affect what you say or do before you even realize how you’re feeling. You may become so used to feeling angry that you do not notice it until it is too late and you have reacted negatively. The first step to coping with anger is learning to recognize your warning signs.

  • Sweating
  • Stomachache
  • Shakiness
  • Tight chest
  • Arms crossed
  • Scowling
  • Arguing
  • Loud voice
  • Fast talking
  • Feeling disrespected or hurt
  • Throwing things
  • Fast breathing
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Pacing
  • “Shutting down”
  • Staring at others aggressively
  • Angry thoughts
  • Screaming
  • Refusing to talk
  • Slamming doors
  • Punching walls
  • Clenched fists
  • Feeling hot
  • Tense muscles
  • Face turns red
  • Mind racing
  • Mind goes blank
  • Crying
  • Insulting others
  • Feeling irritable
  • Pounding things
  • Breaking things

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.