Anger management

People seeking treatment for anger management are often those who experience physical expressions of anger beyond the usual frustrations and irritability that can be felt, at times, by all of us. Responding to these feelings of anger can sometimes lead to aggressive and violent behaviour. Many people seeking anger management treatment are facing a form of life crisis, which has been caused by the impact of their angry outbursts either at home or in wider society.

It is important to understand that feelings of frustration, irritability and anger can be normal emotions felt in response to life situations. However, these can become a problem when they are triggered far too readily and provoke an extreme response, are difficult to cope with or result in physical violence. Sadly, we know that domestic violence is extremely common and in wider society, violence can be a frequent occurrence. 

Causes of anger problems

Anger can have a wide range of triggers which can differ from person to person. Some of the common causes of anger issues can include:

  • Being threatened or treated unfairly

  • Being publicly humiliated or having your self-esteem or confidence undermined in public

  • Personal problems such as financial problems or stress at work

  • Past experiences

  • Bereavement

Whatever the cause of your anger, it is important that individuals are able to control and manage this, before it becomes a problem.

Management of anger issues

Feelings of anger can be related to many different underlying difficulties. For this reason, each case requires careful evaluation and assessment. Underlying mental health difficulties need to be identified and treated, whilst interpersonal difficulties may need to be addressed and alcohol or substance misuse will need to be tackled.

After the situation has been clarified, and any underlying conditions dealt with, then individuals can often benefit greatly from psychological intervention for their anger issues. This may involve a variety of different treatment methods, ranging from a group therapy programme to a one-to-one intervention. There is no generalised treatment programme; at Priory, we pride ourselves on treating each person differently according to their individual circumstances.

Treatment of anger issues

Many individuals can have underlying difficulties including severe low self-esteem, as well as problems with mistrust and past abuse issues. There may be many interlocking features that have led an individual to develop anger problems.

There are various treatment types that can help you to manage your anger, such as:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

  • Counselling for your anger

  • Anger management classes

A coordinated treatment programme will involve full participation of the individual in a safe and supportive environment. Treatment consists of promoting appropriate coping behaviours, as well as developing skills in interpersonal communication including appreciating other people's points of view and managing communication appropriately. At Priory, we understand that a ‘one size fits all’ approach does not work in anger management treatment, as each situation requires careful, personalised evaluation. 

How anger can affect your mental health

Those with anger issues can often experience symptoms of other mental health conditions such as:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Sleep problems

  • Personality disorders

If you are concerned about yourself or a family member with anger issues, contact us today to see how we can help.

Anger management treatment at Priory

Priory has been helping to treat people with anger issues for over 25 years. We know that everyone's situation is different, which is why we ensure that everyone has a unique treatment plan tailored to their needs.

The type and length of anger management treatment is dependent on the individual's circumstances and the severity of the condition. Some patients are treated as outpatients which means that they attend Priory for hourly sessions with their consultant, psychologist or therapist. Others require a more structured treatment approach, which can include taking part in anger management classes as part of our day-patient programme.

Tips for dealing with anger management problems

There are several tips that can help you to acknowledge and control your anger more effectively. These include:

  1. The first step to recovery is to understand and accept the fact that you have a problem with anger management. Following this acceptance, you can then begin to look at your behaviour and what triggers certain reactions.
  2. Be honest with yourself and others around you. Try to surround yourself with positive people and remove negative influences.
  3. Count to 5 or 10 when faced with a situation that makes you angry, before responding to the situation.
  4. Work with a friend or a relative to identify possible solutions to your anger. Don’t focus on what made you angry and instead, look at how you can resolve it rationally.
  5. Get plenty of exercise. Going for a brisk walk or run can reduce stress so if you begin to feel angry, take some time to get outside and go for a walk.
  6. Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga to relieve stress. This will help you to think clearly about your actions and reactions.
  7. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak. If your anger becomes too much to bear, seek professional help. Our experts can work with you to create coping strategies and to develop communication skills.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Anger management, please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here