Anger is a basic, healthy, human emotion and an unavoidable part of life. To express occasional anger is normal and even necessary. However, when that anger negatively impacts a person’s relationships and drives them toward destructive and dangerous behavior, it’s time to seek professional help. The people who are most often affected by an individual’s chronic anger are friends and loved ones, who often ignore or hide the pain that their loved one is causing in an effort to maintain a false sense of harmony in the relationship.
Take Control of Your Anger
Our anger management program helps patients manage and direct their anger in a healthy way in order to restore their quality of life and mental health. Chronic anger is one of the many conditions we treat in order to help patients get healthy control over their lives. If a patient’s anger has pushed them toward substance or addiction, we administer a personalized, professional dual-diagnosis treatment plan to treat both conditions simultaneously, which includes:
- Group and individual counseling
- Meditation and breathing exercises
- Anger management education and awareness
- A clear and realistic behavioral plan for the future
Patients learn how the internalization of anger leads to hostility and depression, both of which can result in substance abuse. Our mental health professionals help individuals develop coping methods and stress management skills that help them learn how to control and appropriately process their anger without engaging in extreme behavior. Self-awareness is key in this process, as it allows patients to honestly account for how their anger has controlled their attitude and actions.
The Dangers and Pitfalls of Uncontrolled Anger
When a person can’t control their anger, they pose a great danger to themselves and those around them. In addition to some of the long-term physical dangers associated with untreated chronic anger, such as high blood pressure, ulcer and increased heart rate, it can also lead to:
- Incarceration or legal problems
- Assault and physical danger
- The deterioration of social and professional relationships
- The development of a drug or alcohol problem
Uncontrolled anger can be one of the greatest threats to an individual’s overall mental health. It can lead to a host of other issues, such as severe depression, anxiety, and addiction. We are ready to help patients explore the roots of their anger disorders and teach them rational, constructive, and realistic ways to channel their emotions.
Start taking control of your anger and addiction issues by calling Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches at (888) 432-2467. Allow us to help with our anger management treatment solutions.
Infographic: Normal Anger vs. Problem Anger
This infographic, using sources such as the Mayo Clinic and various studies on anger management, explores the issue of anger management, including the mental and physical symptoms of problem anger. The physical symptoms include: jaw clenching, faster breathing, headaches, pacing, increased heart rate, and muscle tension, among others. This infographic also includes a list of anger management tips to follow, including seeking professional treatment if an individual cannot seem to manage their anger on their own.
- Kassinove, H., Sudhodolsky, D.G., Tsytsarev, S.V., & Solovyova, S. (1997). Self-reported constructions of anger episodes in Russia and America. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 12, 301-324
- Kassinove, H., & Tafrate, R.C. (2002). Anger management: The complete treatment guidebook for practitioners. Atascadero, CA: Impact.
- Mayo Clinic