Can Depression Make You Angry?

Depression and anger are related, as depression can make you angry just as anger can make you depressed. When you add physical or emotional pain to anger, depression is even more likely.

About Depression and Anger

Everyone experiences sadness or moodiness, but when someone’s depression interferes with daily life and normal functioning, then you have a level of depression that is worth investigating. Just as with sadness, everyone experiences anger; but, when your anger turns to rage or you act out inappropriately while angry, you then need to explore what is causing such extreme behavior and seek help.

Dealing with Anger and Depression

The following are some ways that you can attempt to break the cycle between anger and depression:

  • Identify and acknowledge your anger. If you have been raised in a family where openly expressing your emotions was frowned upon or forbidden, simply acknowledging your anger and depression are going to be new experiences for you.
  • Understand that your anger or depression signals another problem that you need to explore. Do not suppress these signals, but welcome them as a way to let you know that you have a deeper issue to deal with.
  • Attempt to identify the source of your anger. Did someone do something that you thought was unfair or insensitive? Are you upset with yourself for not completing a task that you considered important, or for not getting the raise you were hoping for?
  • If the source of your anger is an external issue, such as road rage, you may want to think about what purpose anger has in this situation. If you get angry over minor things such as someone cutting you off in traffic, who is harmed by your anger? Only you, so do not add disappointment or self-disgust to your anger.
  • Give yourself the opportunity to explore your feelings of depression and anger. The more that you can examine these feelings and identify effective ways to handle them, the healthier you will be and the stronger you will be to break the connection between anger and depression.
  • Look at the situations that have made you angry. Did you have realistic expectations about those situations? If not, you will perceive them as being unfair. When you encounter situations that you deem to be unfair, you begin to engage in self-pity and feel helpless and hopeless, which most certainly can lead to depression.

Help for Depression and Anger

Feeling sad and depressed are often associated with many reasons such as relationship problems, angst about work, or concerns about your physical health. But when you turn to drugs or alcohol to respond to this depression, you are creating a cycle of destruction. The sooner you can get help, the greater the likelihood that you can recover.

Call our toll-free helpline any time. We are available 24 hours a day. We want to help you find the right treatment program to handle anger and depression, and we can provide you with options, information about insurance and resources for treatment.