Anger is a natural human emotion and an instinctive response to threats. Anger is protective in nature and necessary for our survival. Anger can present as an issue when someone has trouble controlling it, causing you to do or say things you regret later. In a controlled manner, anger can be helpful for us to make positive changes in our life however when anger is intense, it can cause short term or longer-term harm in our life.

Cause of anger

Many things can trigger anger including stress, family problems and financial stress. It can also be caused by an underlying disorder such as substance abuse or depression. Often, poor communication and misunderstanding can also trigger anger. Sometimes, there are no clear triggers of anger however they stem from underlying feelings such as grief, shame, frustration or feeling of inadequacy

Emotional symptoms of anger include

  • Irritability
  • Frustration
  • Anxiety
  • Rage
  • Stress
  • Guilt/shame

Anger management

Anger management strategies can include following;

  • Relaxation strategies
  • Distress tolerance strategies
  • Learning assertiveness skills
  • Identify and address unmet needs in early childhood.

At Mind Psychology, we are trained in the psychological treatment of anger. We use evidence-based strategies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and Schema therapy to manage anger and address underlying issues behind your anger. Please contact us when you are ready to make a positive change in your life.

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