What is Anger?

Anger is an emotion that all humans face. Anger can range from mild irritability to full on rage. Anger is also associated with physiological symptoms such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, feeling flushed, feeling energized, and more. Our bodies will release adrenaline and noradrenaline hormones to increase our responsiveness to a triggering event. Anger is an emotion born out of our survival instincts. Expressions of anger vary a lot between individuals and can either be healthy or unhealthy. 

What are Signs of Anger Issues?

Some signs you may need help with managing your anger are:

  • Feeling out of control when angry
  • Physical Violence towards people or objects
  • Threatening others
  • Screaming at others
  • Difficulty expressing emotions in a calm way
  • Intense road rage
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with anger
  • Calling others names or swearing at them
  • Saying things to others you later regret
  • Legal issues due to not being able to control your anger

Why Are Some People More Angry Than Others?

There are many factors that can play a role in how someone expresses anger. One factor can be genetics. The way a person develops based on their genetics may make them more susceptible to experiencing anger frequently and intensely. Another factor may be the environment. The way a person learns how to express emotions can come from observations of their environment when they are young. Another factor that can influence anger is if a person is struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, or other negative mental health states. 

Does Counseling Help With Anger?

Yes. Anger Management counseling can help greatly with anger issues. Here are some common strategies that therapist can use to help with anger issues:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anger / Anger Management: This type of therapy/strategy teaches you how to change the way you think which can change the way you express anger. This therapy can also help if there are other underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, substance use, and so on.

Relaxation Techniques for Anger: A therapist will often teach you ways to relax your mind and body. Since anger can trigger a physiological response learning how to manage that response helps with how you express anger.

Skills Development for Anger: Using skills development a therapist can teach you better ways to communicate with others, gain insights, learn new coping skills, and achieve your goals easier. 

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You do not need to struggle with anger alone. Learning to control your anger can improve your relationships, productivity, and overall happiness. Valor Counseling is here to help you achieve those goals. Click here or call 630-410-1818 to start getting control of your anger today.

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