James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Anger

The car in front of you slows down and edges toward the curb, even though the light ahead is green. What is the driver up to? He hasn't signaled to turn. You sound your horn and start to move around him, but he hasn't pulled over enough to allow you to pass. Meanwhile, the passenger door opens, and a woman steps out. She turns and leans on the car and continues to talk to the driver while the light turns red. Your vision seems to turn red as well, and you lean on the horn harder.You roll down your window and attempt to shout at him over the blare of your horn. You stop only when you spot a police officer down the block turning your way.

You finally make it to the office, nearly half an hour late for a meeting. As you rush in you practically throw your folders onto the secretary's desk, nearly spilling her coffee in the process. "Have those typed for me before lunch," you shout.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Anger
  • How to Cope with Anger

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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