When Does Anger Become A Problem ?

May 3rd, 2015

When does anger become a problem?

Anger is a perfectly natural response to the world around us, but controlling it can be difficult.

It’s important to understand the difference between managing anger reasonably and when it is becoming a problem. Are you managing your anger or do you need anger management counselling?

If you are able to feel anger, release it in a constructive way and move on from it, you are dealing with your anger in a healthy way. This type of anger management can be positive. It may help you become fitter and healthier. For example, if you release your emotions in the gym. It may result in compensation or benefits. For example, if you write to a restaurant that gave you poor service. If you are able to address and resolve issues in a non-confrontational way, it can even improve your relationships.

So when does anger become a problem? When might you need to consider talking with an anger management counsellor?

When frustration and resentment builds and starts to control you, having a negative impact on your emotions and life, it is time to consider counselling for anger. You may be holding your feelings in, internalising feelings of guilt or irritation. Conversely, you may be having emotional eruptions or ‘dealing’ with your feelings in aggressive and violent ways. Either way, as soon as you feel out of control your anger has become a problem.

This ‘bottling-up’ or explosion of emotions can have a detrimental effect on your health leading to depression, anxiety, sleep problems, poor digestion, heart and circulatory issues as well as raised blood pressure. All of this can create a downward spiral affecting your relationship with yourself and others. Anger management issues have been linked to alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, self-harming, job loss and even obsessive-compulsive behaviours.

As soon as you have recognised that your anger has become a problem, counselling for anger management can help you. With a range of support and strategies to guide you through your own counselling for anger, you can identify your triggers and learn to deal with your anger in a positive way. If you feel that this may benefit you, contact us today to speak to an anger management counsellor.