Anger is a healthy emotion, which we might experience if we feel attacked, deceived, frustrated, invalidated or unfairly treated. Anger isn't a 'bad' emotion; in fact it can sometimes be useful. For example, feeling angry about something can help us identify problems or things that are hurting us, motivate us to create change, achieve our goals and move on, or help us stay safe and defend ourselves in dangerous situations by giving us a burst of energy as part of ourfight or flight system.
Anger only becomes a problem when it gets out of control and harms you or people around you. This can happen when, you regularly express your anger through unhelpful or destructive behaviour, your anger is having a negative impact on your overall mental and physical health, anger becomes your go-to emotion, blocking out your ability to feel other emotions, you haven't developed healthy ways to express your anger.
Anger and high adrenaline trigger physiological reactions such as raised heartbeat, higher temperature and palpitations. This level and intensity of emotion over a prolonged period of time can lead to serious physiological and psychological health problems including depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and lower-functioning immune system to name just a few.
Repeated angry outbursts can also have a devastating impact on our relationships, both professionally and personally, causing us even more misery and even putting us and those close to us in danger.
If your anger is causing distress to you and those around you, then anger management therapy could be right for you.
How can Anger Management Therapy help?
You cannot control the situations that might provoke your anger, but you can learn to manage your attitude to them through anger management counselling, which can help with all kinds of anger issues from mild irritation to explosive, violent rage. Therapy can help you explore the multitude of other emotions entangled within anger – such as shame, fear and embarrassment – which may be having an impact upon you and lead to angry confrontation or self-harm. During therapy, you will learn to communicate less aggressively or passively and turn destructive behaviours into more constructive responses as you learn to understand the causes of your anger and set it in context.
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