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Anger Management Q & A
What is anger management?
While anger is a healthy, natural emotion, if you experience anger that is disproportionate to its trigger or interferes with your decision-making, impulse-control, or communication, you may need help learning to express your angry feelings and control your temper.
Anger management involves psychiatric treatments to regulate your moods and help you learn to express your emotions healthily and constructively. Excessive anger often stems from an inability or unwillingness to explore and express other feelings. For example, you might find that it’s easier to feel or express anger than fear or sadness, and use your anger as a mask for other feelings.
What are the signs I need anger management services?
Some of the signs that you might benefit from anger management services include:
- Feeling like you need to hold in your anger
- Persistent negative thoughts or emotions
- Fixation on negative events or experiences
- Continuous feelings of irritation, impatience, or hostility
- Frequent arguments
- Threatened or actual physical violence
- Out-of-control behaviors
- Avoidance behaviors due to anxiety or depression about angry outbursts
If you feel like your inability to control or express your anger interferes with your life, make an appointment with Dr. Goel for an assessment.
What should I expect during anger management?
Anger management teaches you the three steps for controlling anger:
- Recognizing your triggers and early signs of anger
- Allowing time and space to process your feelings
- Using techniques to control your anger and express your feelings constructively
In some cases, learning to recognize your anger helps you analyze your emotions and control your response. Some of the typical early warning signs of anger include:
- Increased heart rate and respiration
- Physical tension or clenched fists or jaw
- Sweating or trembling
You learn to recognize your early warning signs and take a moment away from your stressor. For example, you could go for a short walk or count to 10, or 100, to give yourself time to regain control and compose yourself.
As you take time to study your anger, you also learn to apply anger management techniques such as deep breathing, stretches, and other practices to relieve physical tension, or practicing mindfulness. Dr. Goel may recommend that you add physical activity to your day to help use any excess adrenaline in your body. He may also encourage you to find alternative ways to express your anger.
Don’t let anger disrupt your life. Call Psychiatric Excellence or schedule an appointment online for expert anger management treatment.
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