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Anger

Anger is a normal emotional reaction, that we can all experience at one time or another. However, if you have an anger management problem, your life, work and relationships could be seriously affected. If you recognise any of the following, you may want to consider help. Do you:

  • feel angry all the time?
  • find yourself losing your temper disproportionately?
  • regularly feel violent or aggressive?
  • find it difficult to maintain relationships?
  • feel angry and aggressive when drinking or taking drugs?
  • worry about what will happen when you get angry?
  • find people are avoiding you because of your angry outbursts?

The good news is that you can, with the right help, discover how to cope with your feelings of anger, modify your behaviour, improve your relationships, and move forward with your life. It’s never too late to learn to manage the problem.

What is causing my anger problem?

Anger issues can be caused by a combination of factors, such as a loss or trauma, our personality and genetics, our upbringing and life experiences. For some, anger has affected them their whole lives. For others, the problem may have recently developed - we feel more angry, more often, and less in control than we used to.  Better anger management may be all that is required.

Our ability to manage our anger appropriately is important for our health and well-being. Problems with anger can lead to loss of work and earnings, social exclusion and problems with the police and other authorities. In some cases, sustained or inappropriate anger, if untreated, can result in other issues such as Depression, Anxiety, Phobias or Panic, or Relationship Problems.

How psychological therapy can help

A qualified psychologist or psychotherapist will work with you to understand your feelings and behaviour. You will be encouraged to look at the way you’ve managed anger over your lifetime and identify any patterns that contribute to your current problems. With understanding, you will be able, with your therapists help, to identify triggers and develop ways to manage your anger.

Depending on the causes and consequences of your anger, specific therapies may be used such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Relaxation and body-focused techniques can also give you the tools you need to manage and modify your behaviour in real life situations.

How to get help

The first step is to speak with your GP, or contact independent psychological services. Connect will help you find the most appropriate therapist for your circumstances, in a location convenient to you. If you or someone you know is suffering from anger problems, and you live in Bath, Bristol, North Somerset, West Wiltshire or South Gloucestershire, please contact us for a free discussion of your concerns. Call 01225 344 171 or email concerned@connectpp.co.uk

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