Everyone feels angry at times, ranging from minor irritation to rage. It is natural response to feeling criticised, hurt or violated. However, if anger is suppressed or uncontrolled it can turn inwards to destructive or violent behaviour, and have very negative effects on your mental health. Anger problems can be understood and treated using a variety of approaches.
Our anger management treatment approach
Our approach to treating anger problems at Nightingale Hospital London includes individualised treatment programmes based on current clinical evidence. You may attend as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient.
Talking therapies are available to help explore, understand and manage your anger positively. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, known as CBT, can aid learn more constructive emotional and behavioural responses.
We have the expertise to treat ager problems in a personal and flexible way and we offer alternative therapies, like meditation, relaxation, sleep therapy and physical therapies.
Symptoms of anger problems
Individuals with anger problems may experience physical and emotional symptoms.
Emotionally anger management difficulties might cause:
- Depression or low self esteem
- Substance abuse (alcohol or drugs)
- Compulsions (eating disorders, excessive dieting or eating, behavioural disorders)
- Lack of concentration and focus
- Relationship problems
Physically anger management difficulties might cause:
- Digestive complications (heartburn, ulcers, colitis, gastritis or irritable bowel syndrome)
- High blood pressure
- Accidents and physical injury (due to impulsive and irrational behaviours)
- Headaches and migraines
Helping those with anger problems
Examine your behaviour patterns
Get to know your own pattern of behaviour and history around anger. What was your family like when you were growing up? Who got angry, and what happened when they did? If no-one was openly angry, what happened to resentments and differences of opinion or of needs?
Acknowledge past hurts
It’s important to acknowledge angry feelings left over from the past, especially your childhood. Nothing can change what happened to you, but your attitude to it can change. Painful experiences may include being neglected by your parents, bitter rivalry with a brother or sister, or the death of someone close.
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