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Offline water duck

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Mental Health : Managing Anger
« on: April 11, 2007, 10:18:21 AM »
Mental Health: Managing Anger
Anger can be an underlying cause of mental health issues. Learn what anger is; dangers of suppressed anger and steps toward managing anger.

WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland ClinicWhat Is Anger?
Anger is a very powerful emotion that can stem from feelings of frustration, hurt, annoyance, or disappointment. It is a normal human emotion that can range from slight irritation to strong rage.

What Are the Dangers of Suppressed Anger?
Suppressed anger can be an underlying cause of anxiety and depression. Anger that is not appropriately expressed can disrupt relationships, affect thinking and behavior patterns, and create a variety of physical problems. Chronic (long-term) anger has been linked to health issues such as high blood pressure, heart problems, headaches, skin disorders and digestive problems. In addition, anger can be linked to problems such as crime, emotional and physical abuse, and other violent behavior.

What Steps Can I Take to Help Manage My Anger?
When you start feeling angry, try deep breathing, positive self-talk, or stopping your angry thoughts. Breathe deeply from your diaphragm. Slowly repeat a calm word or phrase such as "relax" or "take it easy." Repeat it to yourself while breathing deeply until the anger subsides.
Although expressing anger is better than keeping it in, anger should be expressed in an appropriate way. Frequent outbursts of anger are often counter-productive and cause problems in relationships with others. Anger outbursts are also stressful to your nervous and cardiovascular systems and can make health problems worse. Learning how to use assertiveness is the healthy way to express your feelings, needs and preferences. Being assertive can be used in place of using anger in these situations.
Seek out the support of others. Talk through your feelings and try to work on changing your behaviors.
If you have trouble realizing when you are having angry thoughts, keep a log of when you feel angry.
Try to gain a different perspective by putting yourself in another's place.
Learn how to laugh at yourself and see humor in situations.
Practice good listening skills. Listening can help improve communication and can facilitate trusting feelings between people. This trust can help you deal with potentially hostile emotions.
Learn to assert yourself, expressing your feelings calmly and directly without becoming defensive, hostile or emotionally charged up. Consult self-help books on assertiveness or seek help from a professional therapist to learn how to use assertiveness and anger management skills.
 

What Else Can I Do to Deal With My Anger in a Healthy Way?
If you believe that your anger is out of control and is having a negative affect on your life and relationships, seek the help of a mental health professional. A psychologist or other licensed mental health professional can work with you to develop techniques for changing your thinking and your behavior. A mental health professional can help you to deal with your anger in an appropriate way. Choose your therapist carefully and make sure to seek treatment from a professional who is trained to teach anger management and assertiveness skills.

Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology.

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Re: Mental Health : Managing Anger
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2007, 05:42:15 PM »
i got a book  by David Sobel, MD and Robert Ornstein, PhD "the Healthy Mind Healthy Body Handbook" i picked it up after my diagnosis and it has all kinds of good stuff. it covers everything from anxiety, depression, anger, relaxation. i was having a real hard time at work being nice to people and i would get angry about little stuff so my therapist recommended the book and it's helped. it's helped me to practice empathy and let things go and distract myself from the anger. i had to use cooling off exercises to chill me out. i probably could have used a Xanax at the time but i got threw it or at least i'm feeling a lot less stress.
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