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Anger Tip Sheet for Professionals

Anger is a common emotional response after brain injury including: irritability, agitation, lowered tolerance.

What Anger Can Look Like

  • Increased heart rate, sweating, muscle tightness, or a raised voice
  • There is usually an 'on-off' quality to the anger – an explosive angry outburst one minute, but calm again shortly after
  • Difficulties managing/acknowledging anger
  • Blaming others for provoking anger


  • Become aware of behaviors and physical states associated with anger
  • Utilize basic anger management skills such as deep breathing, counting backwards from 10, or mindfulness techniques to aid in relaxation
  • Introduce free smartphone apps such as Calm, Breathe2Relax, or Breathe for relaxation exercises
  • Encourage physical activity (e.g., exercise/yoga)
  • Recognize triggers for anger

While feeling anger is unavoidable, it is still possible to manage.