Anger management therapy is a psycho-therapeutic program designed to help people manage psychological and emotional triggers that lead to anger. It is an effective technique because it helps you recognize arousal factors of anger and help you cope with them effectively without necessarily changing anger-causing circumstances.
Table of Contents
- 1 Anger Management Goals and Objectives
- 2 Causes of Anger
- 3 Signs and Symptoms
- 4 Anger Management Therapy Techniques
- 5 Benefits of Anger Management Therapy
- 6 Anger Management FAQs
- 7 Consult our Therapists
Anger Management Goals and Objectives
The major goals and objectives of this psychotherapy technique are as follows:
- Developing a good understanding of angry feelings
- Addressing problems that cause anger outbursts
- Helping resist anger and interpersonal problems by correcting irrational thinking
- Helping avoid rage and subsequent violence
- Addressing factors that may lead to conflict with other people
Causes of Anger
Anger is caused by a wide array of triggers, some of which are:
- Losing patience
- Feel as if your opinion has been ignored
- Frustration with relationships
- Friendship problems
- Poor Stress management
- Alcohol abuse
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)
Signs and Symptoms
Anger causes a myriad of symptoms, both physical and emotional.
The physical symptoms of anger are:
- Jaw clenching and teeth grinding
- Rapid heartbeat
- Sweat in the palms
- Pain in the stomach
Anger causes some emotional symptoms as well, including:
- Depression or sadness
- Liking the idea of getting away from the situation
- Increased tendency and inclination towards venting anger physically or verbally
Anger Management Therapy Techniques
The treatment method to help a person manage anger issues mainly involves anger management counseling. A therapist chooses one of the different therapeutic techniques during a counseling session, depending on the patient and type of case.
Here is a brief overview of anger management treatment techniques used by therapists to help patients manage anger.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is one of the most common treatment choices to manage anger. This treatment aims to help you understand anger-causing triggers and thought processes and teach you to develop and practice skills to think and feel differently to cope with the situation. In simple words, this technique helps you regain control over yourself.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that explicitly helps individuals resolve their anger issues that are potentially harmful to relationships. This technique mainly enables you to develop distress tolerance skills and emotional regulation to regain emotional control during a bout of anger.
- Family Therapy: This type of anger management therapy helps develop skills to overcome the anger that is usually directed towards members of your family. The skills acquired through this therapy will help you improve communication and resolve underlying problems.
- Psychodynamic Therapy: This therapy is designed to identify and address toxic psychological patterns that serve as root causes of anger.
Benefits of Anger Management Therapy
Anger management therapy lays longstanding benefits that play a significant role in improving your emotional health and the well-being of people around you. Here are some of the most notable benefits of successful anger management therapy.
- Improved empathy: You will be a more patient person to listen to others’ opinions and be empathic after the treatment.
- Better judgment skills: Judgment skills come from looking into insights and analyzing different perspectives, which you won’t be able to do if you have anger management issues. Therefore, receiving anger management therapy is vital if you want to be good at making correct judgments.
- Reduced stress: Anger management therapy can help you retain control of yourself when you are stressed – a typical situation leading to a bout of anger.
- Understanding responsibility: Anger management therapy helps you develop skills to take responsibility for your emotions and avoid subsequent troubles. This way, you can assess the situation instead of shifting the blame to someone else.
- Overall good health: The implications of anger and stress on physical health are known well to a majority. Hence, it goes without saying that evading or dealing with anger can help you with your overall health quite well.
Anger Management FAQs
What is the best therapy for anger management?
Since every person is different, their anger issues usually stem from different triggers. So, the best therapy for anger management is the one that your therapist considers more suitable.
What are the stages of anger management?
The stages of anger management typically include acknowledging your anger, believing in your ability to control anger, regaining control over your emotions, deciding to solve the underlying issue, and expressing yourself with logical arguments.
Is anger a mental illness?
While anger is not a mental illness itself, it can be a sign of Intermittent explosive disorder (IED).
What kind of doctor do I see for anger management?
It is best to look for a mental health care professional, such as a psychologist experienced in treating anger issues.
Is anger a mental disorder?
Anger itself is not a mental disorder. However, it is a well-known symptom of numerous mental health disorders.
Consult our Therapists
Do you want to cope with your anger management problems to become a better person? EuroMed Clinic Dubai is here to help. Our therapists hold special expertise in developing highly personalized anger management strategies for their patients. If you want to book a consultation, please fill out the form below.
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