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What is an Anger Problem?
Although anger is a very normal, and usually healthy emotion that as individuals we’ve all experienced, for some, anger can become problematic and destructive. An individual who has an anger problem may notice feeling angry, agitated, or irritable often; may feel like it's difficult to control outward expressions of anger, may feel that it causes them to say or do things that they regret, may become physically or verbally abusive, etc.. An individual with anger problems may notice that their difficulties controlling their anger cause them problems at work and school, cause them to experience legal and health issues, and cause them to have problems in relationships with others.
An individual with anger problems may be struggling with co-occurring mental health concerns such as depression, substance use/abuse, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, etc.
How do you Treat an Anger Problem?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy includes many components and is based on the principle that thoughts/beliefs (Cognitions), emotions, physical symptoms, and behaviors are all intricately related. Helping someone feel better in CBT will typically involve changing unhelpful thoughts/beliefs (Cognitions), emotions, and behaviors via a variety of tools such as cognitive restructuring, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills, mindfulness, behavioral activation, coping skill development, interpersonal effectiveness skill refinement, trauma processing, etc. CBT is considered a Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)/an Empirically Supported Treatment and is the gold-standard treatment approach across many client concerns. CBT in relation to anger management concerns might include the following:
While we would not like to eliminate anger, as it can be a useful and productive emotion in helping us navigate our decisions and understand what is happening to us, learning how to better manage and communicate anger is a necessary skill. There are a variety of strategies that can help an individual both reduce and manage their anger in healthy ways (American Psychological Association). These include: