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Clinical Anger Test

Anger is a commonplace human emotion and an adaptive strategy intended for human beings to voice acute dissatisfaction or respond to genuine threats. However, some people’s anger responses are so pronounced that they may struggle with clinical anger, a chronic and pervasive condition. The difference between normal anger and clinical anger may be comparable to the difference between feeling down and being clinically depressed. In other words, when an otherwise common emotion becomes long-lasting, it becomes a structural problem.

Could you be said to be struggling with clinical anger? For each of the following questions, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 20

I shout at others so often that sometimes I can't stop.



The IDRlabs Clinical Anger Test (IDR-CAT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-CAT is based on the work of Dr. William E. Snell, Ph.D., and his colleagues, who created the Clinical Anger Scale (CAS). The IDR-CAT is not associated with specific researchers in the field of psychopathology, personality psychology, clinical psychology, or any affiliated research institutions.

The test provides feedback such as the following: Moderate Clinical Anger: Your answers show that you have moderate clinical anger. You may sometimes feel out of control regarding emotions characterized by antagonism towards someone or something. You may go through intense, frequent, and enduring feelings of anger. For instance, you may sometimes think that others are trying to annoy you; feel angry about yourself, or shout at others more than you used to.

The IDRlabs Clinical Anger Test was informed by the CAS criteria for clinical anger, as published in Snell, William & Gum, Scott & Shuck, Roger & Mosley, Jo & Kite, Tamara. (1995). The Clinical Anger Scale: preliminary reliability and validity. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 51. 215 – 226. 10.1002/1097-4679(199503)51:2. (2014). Clinical anger, affective and somatic symptoms in depressed patients. International Journal of Scientific and Technology Research, 3, 12. Snell, W. E., Jr. (2002). Chapter 1: Clinical anger: Construct, measurement, reliability, and validity. In W. E. Snell, Jr. (Ed.), Progress in the study of physical and psychological health. Cape Girardeau, MO: Snell Publications.

The work of Dr. Snell and his colleagues has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the CAS, for clinical use, especially by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Clinical Anger Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The Clinical Anger Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for assessing the clinical concept of anger. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this are solely first take and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential condition. Hence, the test intends to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive mental health assessment can be made only by a qualified mental health professional.

As the publishers of this free online depression test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs and symptoms of this condition, we have strived to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting this test to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present clinical anger test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This clinical anger test is free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to characteristic attitudes and symptoms of clinical anger.

2. Clinically oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of PhDs and is designed to deliver a clear clinical picture of the respondent’s current symptoms indicating clinical anger as measured according to standardized items.

3. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

4. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.