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Anger, stress and trauma: What are the differences?


Anger, stress and trauma: What are the differences?


What are the differences between anger, stress and trauma? If you are focused on addressing your emotional concerns, which can be related to any of the above, you may want to know and appreciate their differences. Frequent, intense and/or uncontrollable anger, stress and issues surrounding a history of trauma are often indicators of something more.



Anger can be a normal, human emotional reaction that everyone will experience from time to time. It can be a reaction that is experienced when you have been wronged or offended. It is also regarded as a secondary emotion as it can often be anchored to another emotion such as fear, worry, fear, disrespect, or rejection. It may also be a defensive reaction when you feel threatened.

There are a whole range of emotions involving anger. It may range from a slight irritation to harder-to-control, furious rage. When anger becomes more complicated it is often associated with violence. If you find yourself having difficulty managing anger, or it is related to other emotional issues, you may benefit from attending to your anger, preferably with a professional.



Like anger, stress can be said to be a normal reaction or a response to varying levels of pressure, specifically to stressors. It can come as a “part-and-parcel of life,” implying it is a daily occurrence regardless of your age, race, profession, and/or economic status. Scientists have found it to defy definition stress can be a highly subjective phenomenon. The world uses the word “stress” to refer to anything that may feel to be too much to handle.

Technically, stress is triggered by a stressor, which can be anything- events, situations, people, disease, etc. The most common sources of stress tend to be daily events such as danger (survival stress), worries (internal stress), environment, fatigue and/or feeling overworked. Intense feelings or reactions to stressors are often indicators of something more such as; adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety etc.



Trauma is related to experiencing traumatic events that can be life-changing and/or life threatening. Some examples are a vehicular accident, sudden death or an incurable illness afflicting loved one, witnessing a vicious crime, becoming a victim of violence, threat of violence, threat to a person’s safety/physical integrity etc.

A person experiencing intrusive symptoms related to trauma may exhibit shock and denial immediately after. In the course of time, the reactions can range from flashbacks, panic attacks, strained relationships as well as physical symptoms. Some individuals can have difficulty moving on without the services of a therapist.


Working Through Anger, Stress and Trauma

Even though stress and anger can be normal responses, they can affect an individual’s psyche and physical health. Stress and anger stimulate the secretion of hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline and cortisol cause the heart to beat faster increasing your levels of energy; the “fight-and-flight response.” Experiencing these emotions too often can cause damage to the heart and blood vessels. Meanwhile, trauma can cause serious emotional problems that may prevent a person from moving forward and enjoying a productive life.

Working through these emotional responses can be important. If anger, stress and trauma are negatively impacting your life, don’t ignore this, you may be experiencing depression or anxiety. Call Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC to begin tackling your distress, anger and/or traumatic experiences. Licensed, independently contracted therapists are available, call today.

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Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists that provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with friendly, caring therapists who assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, it will always been a pleasure to work with you. CCS and the independently contracted therapists are able and happy to assist active duty dependents and retired military and their families.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC

Counties: Wake County NC

Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC, Apex NC

Zip Codes: 27501, 27502, 27523, 27526, 27529, 27539, 27540, 27592

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Carolina Counseling Services - Fuquay-Varina, NC
602 E. Academy St. Ste. 103
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

(910) 624-6973

602 E. Academy St. Suite 102

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

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View the independently contracted, Caring, Licensed Therapists. Who is the Best Fit for you?

  • Kimberly Tran, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Individuals, Couples, anxiety, PTSD, trauma (adults who have experienced childhood physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, Wounded Warrior) grief and loss, relationship issues, addiction, recovery, co-occuring substance abuse, couple/marital concerns, personality disorders, mood disorders.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), Medicare and cash
    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Laura Coyle, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Individuals, Family, anxiety, persistent sadness and depression, mood swings, responses to trauma, grief, behavioral concerns, autism spectrum disorders, attention difficulties, excessive procrastination, challenges related to physical health concerns, relational conflicts, problematic alcohol or drug use, problematic eating patterns, communication difficulties, Affirmative and Multiculturally Competent Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime) Medicare and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Teshia Utley-McKoy, MS, LPC

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Individuals, Marriage and Couples counseling, Anxiety issues, Parent-child relational issues, Spirituality, Behavior Management, ADHD, ODD, PTSD Trauma, Self-Esteem, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment and Transitional Issues, Coping Skills, Christian counseling.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Rachel Macko, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Individuals, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain/Health Concerns, Grief and Loss, Adjustment/Transitional Issues, Coping issues, Sleep Issues, Communication issues. Mindfulness Training and EMDR are available.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Sherry Horowitz, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 10+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families, Communication Skills, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Grief and Loss, Parenting Issues, Panic Attacks, Issues Related to Military Families, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, Positive Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Self-esteem, Body Image Issues, Grief and loss, ADHD in girls and women
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare, HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC