Everyone feels angry from time to time. It’s a normal human emotion that occurs as a result of a triggering thought or event. Has someone treated you unfairly? Did something not go as you had planned? Perhaps you feel powerless in your situation and that is causing feelings of anger. Although anger in itself isn’t a problem, for some people these intense feelings can lead to aggression. Aggression is a response to feelings of anger and if not managed properly, it can cause issues at work, in relationships, and even contribute to physical health problems.
People who struggle with managing their anger may feel as though they are at the mercy of their emotions. They often react quickly and irrationally and situations can often escalate to a point where they do something they regret later. If you or someone you know has trouble controlling their anger, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. At Blair Wellness Group of Beverly Hills, we specialize in anger management therapy as well as other related mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Anger is a natural response to a perceived threat. When people experience anger, their brains send a signal to the body triggering the release of stress hormones such as adrenaline. This physical response can lead to aggressive behavior that is designed to assist humans in defending themselves in the case of an attack. Although anger is a natural defense mechanism, having too much unresolved anger, or reacting to anger inappropriately in non-life-threatening situations can lead to significant problems.
Symptoms of Unmanaged Anger
Anger is an emotion, and on their own, emotions cannot cause harm. It’s a person’s response to their emotions that determines whether or not they may have a problem. The following are some examples of responses that may signal the need for better management of emotions through self-help techniques as well as anger management therapy:
- Frequent arguments with family, friends, and co-workers
- Reckless behavior and disregard for rules
- Feeling as though you have to always repress your anger
- Expressing your anger through shouting, hitting, or slamming doors
- Threatening violence against yourself or other people
In addition to these common responses, a person may have physical symptoms that can affect their health and wellbeing. Some of these symptoms include increased heart rate, upset stomach, tightness in the chest, sweating, and muscle tension. These symptoms are more than just uncomfortable, they can contribute to serious health issues such as having an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiac problems.
Causes of Anger Issues
There are unlimited causes for anger. It can stem from family problems, on-the-job stress, and even simple things such as getting caught behind a slow driver when you’re running late for an appointment. However, many people don’t realize that anger can also be caused by underlying mental health disorders. That’s why working with a licensed therapist instead of just trying to manage your emotions on your own is important. Patients can learn positive anger management techniques, but they can also be diagnosed with underlying disorders that could be the root cause of their problems.
The following are some of the mental health disorders for which anger is a known possible symptom:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Alcohol Abuse
- Bipolar Disorder
Self-Help Techniques For Controlling Anger
Learning to manage anger is critical for your health and happiness as well as those around you. There are several self-help techniques that can help keep your temper in check, but just be aware that they can take time. Behaviors don’t change overnight. You might want to start by practicing relaxation techniques. This could include something as simple as setting aside time to listen to music, practice yoga, or write in a journal. These methods will help you to feel calm and present in the moment.
In addition to learning new relaxation techniques, try to identify possible solutions to the everyday situations that make you mad. Is there a better way to handle them? Or, better yet, is there a way to prevent them from happening in the first place? While you might not be able to prevent infuriating experiences altogether, taking the time to think through how to handle them when they do occur will help you feel more in control and possibly prevent you from saying or doing something that you regret.
Benefits of Anger Management Therapy
Like many mental health issues, having an anger disorder can make you feel as though you lack control over your own emotions. Some people respond aggressively, lashing out at the people around them, while others exhibit a passive response, directing their anger toward self-destructive activities. In either scenario, professional help is often needed to help people recognize their triggers and establish healthy anger management techniques. Therapy isn’t about stifling feelings or even changing the way you feel, the goal of anger management therapy is to help an individual understand the cause of their anger and then learn how to express it in a constructive way.
Contact Blair Wellness Group For Anger Management Therapy in Beverly Hills
Anger is a natural human emotion — it’s not something that can, or should, be avoided altogether. Depending on the circumstances, anger can be a tool that helps motivate people to solve problems. It can also be a powerful driver in helping people change their circumstances or reach their goals. However, if you are not able to control your anger and it’s having an impact on your work, relationships, or causing you to do or say things that you regret, it’s time to seek help.
At Blair Wellness Group, we can help you work through your anger and identify the possible causes including underlying mental health conditions. We’ll identify the triggers that have historically caused problems and work together to establish a healthier behavioral response in the future. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment for anger management therapy, please contact us at 310-999-4996. We welcome patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Brentwood, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and the surrounding areas.
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