Desk Rage - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/20/06

Desk Rage

We've all heard of road rage to describe angry drivers. Now, therapists are finding another disturbing trend in the office, desk rage.

Heavy workloads and long hours are blamed for destructive behavior in the workplace, the triggers can vary from burnout and frustration to tears or confrontation.

"People come to work very angry to begin with and when they get to work, they're sitting at their desk and it's the slightest things that will set them off," said Dr. Judy Rand, a family psychologist.

Dr. Rand says desk rage isn't just obvious aggression, like screaming or kicking the copy machine. It can lead to poor productivity, abuse of sick days, stealing supplies and irritability or depression. This note to parents a big factor in controlling this is learning as a youngster how to deal with anger and frustration.

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