Posted by: Dr. Justin D'Arienzo, Psy.D., ABPP
Signs of Anger Management Problems
Signs of Anger Management was written by future Industrial Organizational Psychologist, Brandon Araujo, for D’Arienzo Psychological Group in June 2014. D’Arienzo Psychological Group is a Jacksonville, Florida based Clinical and Forensic Psychological Practice specializing in anger management treatment and anger management evaluations.
Anger management is a term that is frequently tossed around in a joking fashion; there is even a new television sitcom called “Anger Management.” These humor-based ideas of anger management are a dramatic misinterpretation of a very serious problem, which causes those who may actually have an anger control problem to not take it seriously.
Anger is a natural emotion and an instinctive reaction to something we perceive as wrong. This emotion can be either good or bad depending on how it is handled.
Someone who is effective at managing his or her anger does so in calm, controlled, level headed manner. For example, let’s say you become angry with your spouse because they neglect garbage duty for the second night in a row. The correct response to this anger would be to first determine whether or not it’s worth getting angry about; many times people will get angry over things out of their control. Next, simply address the issue with your spouse in a calm and controlled conversation. Some common reactions to the same situation that display a lack of anger management include: passive aggressively neglecting the trash, yelling at your spouse, or even physically expressing your anger with aggressive actions.
Anger management problems have many negative side effects; not just for you, but the people around you as well. Increased levels and poor management of anger can lead to depression, anxiety, heart disease, stress, ulcers, substance abuse, and even cancer. If you experience any of the following forms of anger it may be helpful to take an anger management course or seek the help of a professional.
1) Chronic Anger: Constantly angry, stressed, defensive, and resentful.
2) Explosive Anger: Violent physical or verbal expression of anger.
3) Avoidant Anger: Suppression of one’s anger.
4) Passive Aggressive Anger: Displaying anger in non-direct ways.
5) Rage: Uncontrollable physical and psychological expression of anger.
D’Arienzo Psychological Group offers online anger management courses and individual consultation for anger management problems. Court ordered anger management evaluations and treatment are also available. Our professionals are experts in the mental health field and are licensed. They are psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors. Contact us today at 904-379-8094.
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