The inability to control one’s anger affects up to 20% of the population and up to a third of the teenage population.
People suffering from anger management issues may exhibit violent compulsive behavior or inflict psychological abuse and/or verbal abuse. The cycle often includes bad behavior followed by a period of being on “best behavior” until the next angry explosion. Treatment is the only way to break this cycle. It starts with recognizing the signs and symptoms of anger management problems then learning steps to take before you do or say something that you will regret. Fortunately, the counselors at iTherapy.com can help.
Signs and Symptoms
Anger management treatment is not about repressing your feelings. It is about learning how to express anger, sadness and depression in a healthy, effective way without hurting yourself or others.
You may need professional help for anger management if you exhibit the following:
- Quick to anger. The smallest things set you off. You are frustrated by little tasks or anything that doesn’t come easily can turn into an angry outburst.
- Violent behavior. Something small, seemingly meaningless triggers dangerous behavior like physical violence, aggressive screaming or yelling. If the trigger is something more serious, the angry person may feel justified in hurting someone or something.
- Cycles of bad behavior. The person who was quick to anger or had a violent outburst, may feel remorse after their bad behavior, especially when there is physical evidence like a destroyed house or a bruised family member. Physical violence that accompanies anger management problems can put loved ones in serious danger.
- Substance abuse and addiction. Anger management issues are often tied in with drug and alcohol addiction. When anger issues are a problem, drug and alcohol often intensify the angry outbursts. More violent and explosive episodes occur while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you or someone you know is suffering with anger management issues professional assistance and psychological treatment may be necessary. Please request an appointment with an iTherapy counselor to discuss your concerns.