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Anger Management  




Anger is a powerful emotion that can have a significant negative impact on relationships, job performance, academics, etc. 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 


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 


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

   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

   Mindfulness Training 

   Relaxation, Diaphragmatic Breathing, Guided Imagery 

   Psychopharmacological Interventions 


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. 


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