Human emotions are vast, with each one capable of being a sign or symptom of any mental or physical disorder. One of the most common emotional responses that people express is “anger.” Certain episodes of anger can be considered normal. With that being said, recurrent angry outbursts or rage fits can be indicative of deeper mental or physical issues.
What exactly is an anger disorder?
According to an article published in Psychology Today, anger disorders involve actions that promote aggressiveness, violence or self-destruction, usually as a result of the long-term repression of anger or rage.
Anger disorders involve the chronical mismanagement of anger by letting typical angry emotions gradually transform into resentment, bitterness, hatred, and rage. Moreover, they may be associated with mental illnesses or substance abuse which can reduce a person’s ability to control aggressive, angry or violent responses.
Why anger disorders are such a huge problem
A study published by Cambridge University Press in the CNS Spectrums journal states that the incidence of wrongful, aggressive, and poorly managed anger in the U.S. was 7.8%. Men and young adults were especially prone to anger episodes, and most showed some underlying psychological deficit.
It is commonly known that consistent anger issues develop because of parental factors, upbringing, and negative adulthood events. There are also strong links between anger and bipolar disorders, substance abuse, psychosis, and other personality disorders.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Signs and symptoms can vary with each individual based on a number of physical, mental, social or cultural reasons. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Anger episodes
- Road rage
- Verbal outbursts
- Property damage
- Muscle strain
- Tight chest
- The pressure in the head
- Low tolerance
- Racing thoughts
- Loss of control
- Emotional detachment
Anger management – how psychotherapy can help
Psychotherapy helps patients learn how to use their triggers to control their anger. Therapists are able to make people aware of their anger responses and defense mechanisms, so as to find out any underlying causes like depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems.
Anger management isn’t just for anger disorder patients. The therapy helps people within the patient’s social circle to get a healthy social dynamic for everyone involved. Successful anger management provides healthy ways for people to show their anger and irritation. Some management techniques include:
- Impulse control
- Frustration management
- Breathing exercises
- Relaxation techniques
Don’t let anger control your life
50-year-old consulting firm manager Reggie would yell and scream at his assistant over the smallest mistakes, with one anger episode resulting in her crying and running away. He was made to attend anger management counseling by his employer, and so he was able to realize his triggers and physical responses. Finally, Reggie could deal with his anger appropriately so that everyone involved could feel safe and healthy.
Pillars of Wellness offers people some of the best psychotherapy techniques including yoga and meditation, so call now to get your anger issues under control. Remember, you’ll just waste precious moments of your life on a few seconds of anger. Contact us if you wish to meet with our Psychotherapist.