If depression is anger turned inward, then is it fair to say anger is depression

Jump to Last Post 1-20 of 20 discussions (20 posts)
  1. reggieTull profile image60
    reggieTullposted 14 years ago

    If depression is anger turned inward, then is it fair to say anger is depression turned outward?

  2. profile image0
    pgrundyposted 14 years ago

    Wow. You know, that's an excellent question, I'm serious. I'm going to think this through and do something with it--I've been looking for a way into a hub on depression for some time now, and I think this is a terrific angle. Thank you. It will be a day or two, but I'll get to it. That's just the way in I was looking for.

  3. Lisa HW profile image61
    Lisa HWposted 14 years ago

    I don't believe it is accurate to always assume that depression is "anger turned inward".  Depression may or not arise when someone has a chemical imbalance.  It can arise, too, as a result of some medical conditions.   Although clinical depression is not necessarily tied to sadness in one's life there are people who have long-term sadness (or several sadnesses) who may become depressed.  Any and/or all of these circumstances can mean there is no particular anger at all - just plain, old, sadness (and often despair).

    I would more guess that expressed anger is "frustration turned outward".  Underneath most, if not all, anger is a sense of a need not being filled or a sense of threat to one's physical, mental, or emotional wellbeing.  I can see how frustration turned inward could be the cause of depression, but depending on how well a person can understand his feelings, and maybe not allow frustration to turn to "out and out" anger; I would think it's possible for frustration to turn to depression without their ever really being anger.

  4. socio-literature profile image60
    socio-literatureposted 14 years ago

    Emotions are actually transactions of feelings expressed according to the situations.Depression is actually DSH emotion that means it is really Deliberate Self Harming (DSH)emotion and it is anger turned inward...suicide or suicidial attempts are its covert extends...But anger is a normal emotion and it is not fair to say it is depression turned outward...At any situation of disagreement or disapproval of a need or wish the emotion of anger arouses and expressed outwards.Hence Anger levels of a person can be easily measurable and tamed and treated well for his wellbeing through various assertive trainings...or undergoing through better therapeutic counselling..I can thouroughly say that anger is essential in everybodys life but in a controlled or managed in constructive manner...A man without anger is passive and become worthless and slowly depressed in later days due to lack of real self expression of his/her likes and dislikes....

  5. Answer Man profile image61
    Answer Manposted 14 years ago

    Indeed it is!  Depression is anger turned inwards, or is it outwards? Inwards, outwards, it matters little to depression because depression is what it is...depression.

    I'm getting a bit depressed just writing the word, and I was pretty happy a minute ago.  Gosh.

    At any event, imagine this: you have a tomato in one hand, let that equal anger. You have say an orange in the other (one of those big juicy, California oranges...yum) and now toss them into the air and catch them with opposite hands.

    If you don't have any opposite hands, borrow some for this exercise.

    Now what do you have?  A tomato where the depression was and an orange where the anger was. Or vice versa. I'm not sure. I lost track when the tomato slipped and broke the Ming vase on my mantel.

    The upshot of this is that you should never ever ever toss fruit in the house. If you do then you could get REALLY depressed.

  6. shirleybill profile image59
    shirleybillposted 14 years ago

    Depression is a state of being, and not an anger. Many people have gotten into a depression from loosing a loved one, etc.

  7. krillco profile image87
    krillcoposted 14 years ago

    Bunk! Depression is NOT 'anger turned inward'. This is a very naive analysis. Depression, in te clinical sense, is a neuro-biological aberration that takes many forms, from mild forms such as dysthymic disorder to severe forms like psychotic breaks. While anger may be a symptom of depression, but is generally not the source of it.

  8. cynthiaalise profile image61
    cynthiaaliseposted 13 years ago

    As someone that worked with anger management for years, I have to say that it is better to think of anger as a secondary emotion.  Usually, (and I mean usually, not always) anger presents itself because there is another emotion not being dealt with.  For instance fear.  When you are afraid it is common to become angry at someone that is either causing or reminding you of the fear.

  9. profile image49
    clara mennaposted 13 years ago

    in my opinion , if we can throw up everything that is unpleasant to our sense that come in through our eyes, up above through our sahasrara chakra , that negative energies can not stay and condense in our ajna chakra, depression won't occur.
    Actually anger is the manifestation of  excessive  negative energies burst up from anahata chakra through vishudha chakra.
    Prolonged depression is happening if people enable to have healthy ajna chakra. Also  UNCONTROLLED ANGER MANIFEST IN people with sick anahata chakra. So I thought that is true if one said, " she is so sad, and cried until her eyes become blind".

  10. profile image0
    s05056posted 13 years ago

    I'd say it was more accurate to say self-harming is anger turned inward, and although all self-harmers are depressed, well in all scenarios I can think of, not all depressed people self-harm. I have a close friend who has been depressed for much of her life and has only recently developed anger problems. She's still depressed though, so it can't be that simple. Logically then, as it's not possible to take depression and turn it into anger, anger cannot be depression turned outwards. Then again I'm always surprised by the variety of problems people have, and your analysis might be true in some cases. Any thoughts?

  11. stricktlydating profile image84
    stricktlydatingposted 13 years ago

    Someone can be angry and not be depressed at all. In the heat of the moment they feel anger because they haven't received something they think they deserve (whether it be good service, respect etc), they may be otherwise relatively balanced.

  12. Ruchira profile image74
    Ruchiraposted 13 years ago

    If one is depressed, one cannot relate to anything or anyone. Being depressed can sometimes make a person go angry or can make someone go in the shell. Depression turning into anger is likely since the person is not able to achieve what he/she wants. That could lead to frustration.  And Frustration can bring in Anger. So, Depression and Anger can relate.

  13. Dark knight rides profile image60
    Dark knight ridesposted 13 years ago

    There are several good points made so far. The roots of depression are far deeper than just anger turned in. For some it's a matter of biochemical deficiencies in the brain. For others it is just a question of feeling isolated from others. Anger towards self often develops in depression, because the person sees that what they are doing is hurting themselves and those around them. But then the anger is a symptom, not a cause.

    And anger is an issue all it's own. You can't say that an angry person is depressed. More likely their anger stems from frustration. The frustration of expectations and goals. In our minds we see things being a certain way and when it turns out we're wrong, we tend to get angry. That's not depression.

  14. Craig M profile image60
    Craig Mposted 13 years ago

    I don't think this is an accurate formulation. I do think that depression in some cases is a result of suppressed anger. But anger as a result of depression? I don't think so.

    Anger is more of a protective emotion, meant to protect us from hurt, venerability, and being threatened. We also use anger to sheild us from our own sadness and fear. Rather than feel these painful feelings in our heart, we project anger to avoid actually feeling what's going on inside us.

    Depression is more of a deadening of energy and emotions rather than a cause of other emotions or energetic movement.

  15. profile image57
    mpchekuriposted 13 years ago

    It is a good question to analyze on. You may be right. When depression reaches yield point it may turn as anger.

  16. profile image57
    Tarek Coachingposted 13 years ago

    Put simply, anger is a frustration built up. It doesn't have to be outward.

    Think about it. You're trying to do something, you don't know how, you get frustrated, your frustration increases, you get angry. You either keep it in. Or you lash out on something or someone.

    So I wouldn't say depression has anything to do with anger.

  17. sukena@gmail.com profile image47
    sukena@gmail.composted 13 years ago
  18. profile image48
    smarmonkposted 13 years ago

    I have suffered from depression my entire life. It is organic...due to imbalances in my brain. Abuse may have caused those imbalances or triggered the gene that in turn causes depression (mental illness runs on both sides of my family). My depression is never so simple as to be anger turned on myself. It can be triggered by any number of factors, most often by a cluster of stressful and/or sorrowful events. The emotions that lead to it are most often grief, misplaced guilt, anxiety, long bouts of severe physcial pain (I have multiple autoimmune disorders), suffering of any kind by others, as well as myself, etc.

    It is not triggered by anger and certainly not by anger I have failed to acknowledge. In my early therapy, I learned that failing to acknoweldge emotional or spiritual pain guaranteed an episode. My considerable anger at that time in my life was expressed...quite loudly on occasion. There were very good reasons for that anger and I held on to it because it felt so much more powerful than anguish, fear, or anxiety. As it denied the reality or truth of the experiences over which I was angry, it was very unhealthy, but not depressing. It took several years of therapy to resolve that anger. While I felt a sense of freedom and "lightness," I continued to be depressed.

    This notion, taken as truth within our polpular culture, as well by many  mental health service providers, is so harmful. It also easily leads to a kind of circular logic. If you refuse to admit you are angry and that  anger is turned inward, you are in denial. it can lead to failure to find the real triggers for a patient's depression and lead to years of unsucsessful therapy. As Lisa points out below, it's usually a cluster of  events that leads to depression. For myself, a survivor of childhood and adult abuse, those events touch the part of me which is most wounded. I am in an episode right now and have called what lead to it a "Perfect Storm" of stressors and emotion..

  19. Dian'swords4u profile image60
    Dian'swords4uposted 12 years ago

    I do not believe that I would say that depression is anger turned inward.  Anger has nothing to do with depression.  Depression is a feeling of despair or discouragement.  Thus I would not agree that anger is dedpression turned outward.  Ange really has nothing to do with depression.

  20. Love-Life profile image59
    Love-Lifeposted 11 years ago

    I think anger is more of an outcome of hurt and unforgiveness. Depression is more of an outcome of hurt and fear. I don't know if this helps, but that's all I can say.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)