Understanding Anger: A Brief Overview
What Is Anger?
Anger is a natural emotion that serves as a reaction to perceived threats or injustices. It becomes an issue when it is disproportionate, unmanageable, or disruptive to one's life and relationships. Current research suggests that chronic anger can have negative implications for both mental and physical health.
What It Is Not
Anger itself is not necessarily a problem; it's an emotion like any other. However, aggression, which involves acting on anger in harmful ways, is a behavioural issue that can lead to negative consequences.
When Is Anger a Problem?
Anger becomes a concern when it:
Occurs frequently or is prolonged
Is disproportional to the situation (described as too intense)
Leads to harmful actions or decisions
Negatively impacts relationships, work, or other areas of life
Symptoms/Signs to Watch For
If you or someone you know experiences the following, it may be time to seek help:
Frequent outbursts of anger
Negative impact on relationships and/or work
Feeling out of control when angry
Various evidence-based treatments for anger issues are available:
1. Medical Treatments: Medication like antidepressants may
sometimes be used, especially if anger co-occurs with other mental
health conditions such as anxiety or depression.
2. Psychological Therapies: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), anger
management courses, and other therapeutic approaches can help
people develop healthier ways to express and manage their anger.
A Quick Tip
If you find yourself in the heat of anger, try the STOP technique: Stop, Take a breath, Observe your thoughts, and Plan your response. This helps create a momentary pause to better manage your reaction.
Reach Out for Support
You don't have to navigate this alone. If you're struggling with anger issues, we're here to provide specialized help tailored to your needs. Please feel free to connect with us for more support and treatment options.
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