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Do You Have the Same Fight Over and Over Again? 

Are you constantly feeling irritated, stressed and agitated?Do you have a short fuse with loved ones or colleagues?Have others told you they're ready to go because of your angry behavior? Do you long to control your anger but feel hopeless to do so? 

Anger is a powerful emotion that can negatively impact relationships, job performance, and academics. 

Learning how to protect ourselves appropriately, physically, emotionally, and socially is an important challenge in life. We acquire anger control skills in the course of growing up. We learn how to deal with anger through interacting with others. Most of us learn how to control our anger reasonably well. Some of us remain especially fearful, timid, or conflict avoidant. While others react to emotional upset with anger and aggression. Still others seem to be controlled by spontaneous rage reactions. 


"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." ~ Buddha 


We need to understand a problem with anger in order to fix it. The first step is to acknowledge the reality of anger problems when they exist. The second step is to carefully define them. Finally, we need to consider a self-directed plan of action and/or professional anger management counseling. 

People who have difficulty regulating powerful emotions, often result to engaging in angry and aggressive outbursts. These outbursts may cause damage not only to property and objects, but to relationships as well.  However, anger does not have to be a bad thing.  According to the American Psychological Association, anger can be helpful in certain situations, as it allows people to express their frustrations and provides an outlet for verbalizing negative emotions. 

Given that healthy intimate relationships are a key factor in happiness and contentment, learning to manage negative emotions and frustration is a primary goal. 

You may be struggling with anger management if:  

  • You experience aggressive outbursts on a regular basis
  • The stimulus for the outburst is often significantly less than the response
  • Outbursts are preceded by a period of tense anxiety or stress
  • You often feel powerless over your anger and your ability to control it
  • You experience a sense of relief after an outburst
  • You feel genuinely regretful, remorseful, or upset after an outburst or anger attack
  • You have damaged property or objects during an anger attack
  • You have threatened the health or safety of yourself of others while angry
  • Your relationships have suffered as a result of angry outbursts


There are a number of factors that may increase the chance for developing anger management issues.Typically, these angry outbursts begin during the teen years and may persist into adulthood. While most people who struggle with anger management and control issues are men, woman can be affected as well. 


Furthermore, individuals struggling with controlling their anger may also be suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and impulse control disorders. 



At Counseling Connections & Associates, we can help you develop the skills and tools to manage your emotions effectively, including: 

  • Understanding the cycle of actions and emotions preceding outbursts
  • Identify biological and physiological components of anger
  • Gain mindfulness and relaxation skills to manage rising anger
  • Practice conflict management techniques to reduce escalation and promote healthy resolution
  • Understand role of alcohol or drug use in outbursts
  • Practice healthy and appropriate ways of handling frustration
  • Explore and understand the roots of anger
  • Assess and identify co-existing depression or anxiety, which may be exacerbating anger issues
  • Repair relationships damaged as a result of anger


Anger management skills can help reduce the frequency and severity of anger outbursts and help support the growth and maintenance of healthy and fulfilling relationships. 



Counseling Connections & Associates offers various techniques to treat anger problems including: 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Relaxation, Diaphragmatic Breathing, Guided Imagery
  • Psychopharmacological Interventions


After completing an initial evaluation, we will recommend a treatment plan that will include education, psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes, or a combination of these. 


Contact Counseling Connections & Associates today to learn more about our treatment options.   


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