Anger Management Issues

Everyone feels angry at one time or another. After all, it’s a normal emotion to get irritated or even a bit furious at one time or another. However, when anger becomes a frequent occurrence that’s characterized by intense fury or rage, it’s unhealthy, destructive, and time for professional care.

While anger may stem from an external encounter or event, it can also arise from within- as a result of an upsetting memory or thoughts about existing problems. Whatever the case may be, anger has a profound physiological effect. An angry emotional state causes an elevated heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, increased adrenaline, as well as other hormonal shifts.

People with anger management issues are often referred to as hotheaded, prone to rages, or constantly irritated and grumpy. With each of these manifestations, therapeutic strategies and support are the best way to help the individual understand and more skillfully manage the underlying angry emotions along with the intense outbursts of rage, and other destructive behaviors. Uncontrolled anger management issues, not only take a toll on an individual’s overall health but also compromise daily function as well as damage personal and social relationships. In some cases, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, acts of violence, and suicide are associated with untreated anger management issues.

While one can’t eliminate the situations or memories that can arouse angry feelings, with professional help, one can better manage these feelings, thereby reducing the number and intensity of rage-fueled outbursts and alleviating chronic irritability, aggression, and other unhealthy behaviors.

Therapeutic strategies include:

  • Developing relaxation tools and techniques
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Improving communication skills
  • Developing problem-solving skills
  • Learning to avoid unnecessary and problematic situations
  • Relearning healthier, more positive thought patterns

Since anger is a psychological issue, in some instances, medication in addition to relaxation techniques, behavioral strategies, and psychotherapy may be helpful to support mood and complement treatment.

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