“Anger issues, while it’s important that anger, amongst other emotions, doesn’t get bottled up, the control of anger is crucial to maintaining calm.”
— Heart palpitations or tightening of the chest
— Increased blood pressure
— Pressure in the head or sinus cavities
— Consistently having the same arguments
— Reacting quickly and violently to small problems
— Breaking objects during an argument
Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
Types of Anger Issues
Individuals who have trouble controlling anger or who experience anger outside of a normal emotional scope can present with different types of anger disorders. Different experts have published contradicting lists of anger types, but some widely accepted forms of anger include:
- Chronic anger, which is prolonged, can impact the immune system and be the cause of other mental disorders
- Passive anger, which doesn’t always come across as anger and can be difficult to identify
- Overwhelmed anger, which is caused by life demands that are too much for an individual to cope with
- Self-inflicted anger, which is directed toward the self and may be caused by feelings of guilt
- Judgmental anger, which is directed toward others and may come with feelings of resentment
- Volatile anger, which involves sometimes-spontaneous bouts of excessive or violent anger
Understanding Anger Issues:
Feelings of anger or violent acting out can be related to many and different underlying difficulties including depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Many individuals can have underlying difficulties with severe low self-esteem, as well as problems with mistrust and past abuse issues. There may be many interlocking features that have led an individual to anger problems.
While it’s important that anger, amongst other emotions, doesn’t get bottled up, the control of anger is crucial to maintaining calm and also to take care of relationships. The emotion of anger is neither good nor bad. It’s perfectly normal to feel angry when you’ve been mistreated or wronged. The problem of this emotion is how you deal with it; anger first and foremost, becomes dangerous when it causes harm to you or others.
Look out for patterns in behaviour with the friend or relative that you are concerned about:
- Are they especially violent when they have consumed alcohol?
- Do they struggle to compromise?
- Do they have a problem with expressing their emotions?
A person who struggles to control their anger can often misunderstand constructive criticism as a challenge to their authority, and this can then trigger confrontational behaviour. Over generalising, for example stating: “You’re NEVER there for me” is quite a common behaviour for those who struggle with controlling their anger. Obsessing about how things ‘should’ be and predicting or jumping to conclusions about others behaviour is also something that should be taken into consideration. Blaming others is also very common.
Useful Info on Anger Issues
What are Anger Issues?
The emotion of anger is neither good nor bad. Like any emotion, it’s conveying a message, telling you that a situation is upsetting, or unjust, or threatening. If your kneejerk reaction to anger is to explode, however, that message never has a chance to be conveyed. So while it’s perfectly normal to feel angry when you’ve been mistreated or wronged, anger becomes a problem when you express it in a way that harms yourself or others. That’s where anger management comes in.
- The aim of anger management isn’t to suppress feelings of anger but rather to understand the message behind the emotion and express it in a healthy way without losing control.
- When you do, you’ll not only feel better, you’ll also be more likely to get your needs met, be better able to manage conflict in your life, and strengthen your relationships.
- Mastering the art of anger management takes work, but the more you practice, the easier it will become.
Why Anger Management?
Out-of-control anger can damage your relationships, impair your judgment, get in the way of success, and have a negative impact on the way people see you.
- Out-of-control anger hurts your physical health. Constantly operating at high levels of stress and anger makes you more susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, a weakened immune system, insomnia, and high blood pressure.
- Out-of-control anger hurts your mental health. Chronic anger consumes huge amounts of mental energy and clouds your thinking, making it harder to concentrate or enjoy life. It can also lead to stress, depression, and other mental health problems.
- Out-of-control anger hurts your career. Constructive criticism, creative differences, and heated debate can be healthy. But lashing out only alienates your colleagues, supervisors, or clients and erodes their respect.
- Out-of-control anger hurts your relationships with others. It causes lasting scars in the people you love most and gets in the way of friendships and work relationships. Explosive anger makes it hard for others to trust you, speak honestly, or feel comfortable—and is especially damaging to children.
Tips for Anger Issues.
- The first step to recovery is to understand and accept that you have a problem. From this you can begin to look at your behaviour and what triggers certain reactions.
- Be honest with yourself and others around you. Try to surround yourself with positive people and remove negative influences.
- Count to 5 or 10 when faced with a situation that makes you angry.
- Work with a family or a relative to identify possible solutions to your anger. Don’t focus on what made you mad, look at how you can resolve it rationally.
- Get plenty of exercise. Going for a brisk walk or run can reduce stress, if you begin to feel angry take some time to get outside and go for a walk.
- Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing to relieve stress, meditation or yoga. This will help you to think clearly about your actions and reactions.
- Asking for help doesn’t make you weak. If it becomes too much to bear, seek professional help. They can work with you to create coping strategies and to develop communication skills.
Treatment of Anger Issues.
With anger management, each case requires careful evaluation and assessment. Underlying mental health difficulties need to be identified and treated, whilst interpersonal difficulties may need to be addressed and alcohol or substance use will need to be tackled.
The Priory has been helping to treat people with anger issues for over 25 years. We know that everyone’s situation is different, which is why we ensure that everyone has a unique treatment plan tailored to their needs
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