Anger is a healthy human emotion when it is correctly managed, and can be used to create good outcomes, for example being assertive or setting boundaries, without any intentions of harm to another.
However, it can create a variety of problems when it’s not well managed. If you have trouble taming your anger it can lead to outbursts of rage and even violence, which can put both you and the people around you at risk. But help is available to enable you to gain control over this powerful emotion.
Recognising the signs that anger management counselling is required
Anger presents itself in many ways. Some examples of this are mild annoyance, fury, resisting, aggression, avoidance, muscle tension, altered thinking, and revenge; and these can all lead to dysfunction in our lives. Our anger has become an issue if it:
- Causes us to withdraw from our usual activities and our relationships
- It perhaps may trigger the use of alcohol or drugs as a form of “escape”
- Symptoms evolved into feelings of resentment, perhaps creating explosive reactions to situations
- It gets in the way of our normal functioning and is have a negative effect on our daily lives and relationships.
Anger can cause physical symptoms too, including:
- High blood pressure
- Gastro-intestinal disorders
- Skin rashes
So it is always helpful to determine whether it is your reaction to, or your expressions of anger, which are causing you these symptoms.
What does anger management treatment entail?
Most people express anger at some point, and if you are experiencing the negative effects of your own or someone else’s anger, it could be beneficial to read our blog on “8 steps to reducing anger”, which can be very helpful in the short term.
A more holistic approach would be to seek help from one of our Clinical Psychologists, who will be happy to work with you to find the route of your anger issues and help you reach your management goals. There are many different strategies used for managing anger, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and relaxation skills, and your Psychologist will help to find which works best for your situation.
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We treat patients from all over Perth at our Clinical Psychology clinic in Dianella. To make an appointment simply give us a call or fill out the contact form on our contact page with your details and we’ll call you to confirm.
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