People seeking treatment for anger management are often those who experience physical expressions of anger beyond the usual frustrations and irritability felt at times by all of us. Acting out on angry feelings can lead to violence and many people seeking anger management are facing a form of life crisis, brought about by the impact of violence either in the home or in wider society.
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, or are difficult to cope with when they spill over into physical violence. Sadly, we know that domestic violence is extremely common and in wider society violence can be a frequent occurrence. The media have created unhelpful caricatures of 'road rage' and 'air rage' which almost trivialise the aggressive and violent interpersonal behaviour.
Care and management of anger issues-
Feelings of anger or violent acting out can be related to many and 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 use 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. This may involve a variety of different forms, ranging from a group therapy programme to a one-to-one intervention. There is no generalised treatment programme, with each person treated differently according to their individual personal circumstances.
Personalised approach to treatment-
Many individuals can have underlying difficulties with 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 anger problems.
A co-ordinated treatment will involve full participation of the individual in a safe, supportive environment with the promotion of appropriate coping behaviours and skills acquisition with regards to interpersonal communication, learning skills of appreciating other people's points of view and managing communication situations appropriately. There is, therefore, no one size fits all approach that is appropriate and each situation requires careful evaluation.
How the Priory can help-
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 they come to 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 daycare programme.