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Managing Anger

Postby dandelion » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:29 am

Mental Health: Managing Anger

Anger can be an underlying cause of mental health issues. Learn what anger is; dangers of suppressed anger and steps toward managing anger.

WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with the Cleveland ClinicReviewed by Amal Chakraburtty,

What Is Anger?

Anger is a very powerful emotion that can stem from feelings of frustration, hurt, annoyance, or disappointment. It is a normal human emotion that can range from slight irritation to strong rage.

What Are the Dangers of Suppressed Anger?
Suppressed anger can be an underlying cause of anxiety and depression. Anger that is not appropriately expressed can disrupt relationships, affect thinking and behavior patterns, and create a variety of physical problems. Chronic (long-term) anger has been linked to health issues such as high blood pressure, heart problems, headaches, skin disorders and digestive problems. In addition, anger can be linked to problems such as crime, emotional and physical abuse, and other violent behavior.

What Steps Can I Take to Help Manage My Anger?
When you start feeling angry, try deep breathing, positive self-talk, or stopping your angry thoughts. Breathe deeply from your diaphragm. Slowly repeat a calm word or phrase such as "relax" or "take it easy." Repeat it to yourself while breathing deeply until the anger subsides.
Although expressing anger is better than keeping it in, anger should be expressed in an appropriate way. Frequent outbursts of anger are often counter-productive and cause problems in relationships with others. Anger outbursts are also stressful to your nervous and cardiovascular systems and can make health problems worse. Learning how to use assertiveness is the healthy way to express your feelings, needs and preferences. Being assertive can be used in place of using anger in these situations.
Seek out the support of others. Talk through your feelings and try to work on changing your behaviors.
If you have trouble realizing when you are having angry thoughts, keep a log of when you feel angry.
Try to gain a different perspective by putting yourself in another's place.
Learn how to laugh at yourself and see humor in situations.
Practice good listening skills. Listening can help improve communication and can facilitate trusting feelings between people. This trust can help you deal with potentially hostile emotions.
Learn to assert yourself, expressing your feelings calmly and directly without becoming defensive, hostile or emotionally charged up. Consult self-help books on assertiveness or seek help from a professional therapist to learn how to use assertiveness and anger management skills.

What Else Can I Do to Deal With My Anger in a Healthy Way?
If you believe that your anger is out of control and is having a negative affect on your life and relationships, seek the help of a mental health professional. A psychologist or other licensed mental health professional can work with you to develop techniques for changing your thinking and your behavior. A mental health professional can help you to deal with your anger in an appropriate way. Choose your therapist carefully and make sure to seek treatment from a professional who is trained to teach anger management and assertiveness skills.

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Postby LuisSteven » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:04 am

The Trivedi Effect can be very useful in helping anger management . This phenomenon is one of the most recommended forms of alternate therapy for anger issues. Introduced by Mahendra Trivedi, this method relies on positive Energy Transmissions through the power of thoughts. The method has several benefits, and the most important one is the effect it has on the physical and mental state of an individual.

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Specifics??

Postby 100footpole » Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:34 pm

Learning how to use assertiveness is the healthy way to express your feelings, needs and preferences. Being assertive can be used in place of using anger in these situations.
Seek out the support of others. Talk through your feelings and try to work on changing your behaviors.


This is great advice. Being assertive is a tough thing to do, since it doesn't mean arguing with someone until they do what you want. Instead it requires you to tell another person that you are bothered and to find out why they are doing what they are doing. Following that the choice of what to do is probably going to be up to you: You and the other person can both change, You can change, or You can ignore them. Chances are, that the other person isn't going to change because you said so. That's where the support can help. It is a lot easier to change or ignore with support.


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