why do the smallest things make me angry

Anger is a normal human emotion, experienced by everyone at one time or another. Generally, we feel anger when something we want is blocked by something that is out of our control. Although it would be oversimplifying things to say that there is an вanger geneв, we know that some people are temperamentally more inclined than others to become angry, and it is likely that this predisposition is at least partly genetic.

There is a trait that psychologists call вnegative affectivityв в a cumbersome term for the tendency of some people to be quicker than others to feel negative emotions (anger, anxiety, fear, sadness). There are several studies indicating that teenagers who are high in negative affectivity were similarly prone to negative emotions as early as infancy. Many scientists believe that adolescents are especially susceptible to feeling strong emotions в both positive and negative в because brain systems responsible for regulating our feelings and modulating emotional reactions, are still developing at this time.

Just because a trait has a genetic component doesnвt mean that it canвt be modified, or even be overcome. One characteristic of individuals who are frequently angry is that they are quick to interpret the innocent actions of others in negative terms.

When someone accidentally bumps into them, they assume it was deliberate. When someone forgets to say hello, they take it as an intentional snub. One strategy for managing anger in these sorts of situations is to pause before reaching a judgment about the other personвs behaviour and see if it is possible to put it in a different, less negative, light.
Hi again Rachel, No that is enough information to suggest that you are having mild to moderate symptoms of depression.

Here is the recommended treatment for depression: Individual psychotherapy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CDT). Here are 2 places to find a therapist: Medication: an antidepressant medication called an SSRI (i. e. , Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and others); This can be prescribed by your primary doctor or a psychiatrist.

Self-Help: With CBT therapy, the therapist helps the client to change their negative thinking into positive. The tenant is you can change the way you feel by changing the way you think. There is a self-help book which also does this called The New Mood Therapy: and a workbook: I hope that one of these directions will be helpful to you. Warm regards.