What is anger?
Anger is a complex emotion and often misunderstood. Anger can take many forms, which may include explosive episodes of uncontrolled emotion, increased frustration and a short temper, as well as passive anger which can appear in the form of passive aggression. Regardless of the form anger takes in your life, it can be difficult to identify and can wreak havoc on your health.
Why am I angry?
This is a common question that is often overlooked. Anger exists for a variety of reasons, and understanding this is essential for treatment. Commonly, anger is a symptom of a broader issue or another condition. Anger may: Relate to a previous stressful or traumatic experience; be a feature of burnout (both personally, interpersonally or professionally); relate to depression or fatigue; serve a protective function that can block us from experiencing another emotion, or cause us to avoid a particular situation; reflect issues within our relationships and a feeling that we are stuck; or reflect a build up of longstanding and existing stress. Regardless of the reason, treatment is usually essential to overcome and manage anger.
Anger treatment and anger management
Therefore, anger requires thorough assessment to understand its cause and function. The cause may seem obvious at first, however anger is often about other emotions or experiences. Treatment often involves anger management strategies, as well as understanding where the source of anger is, and how best to treat these underlying causes.
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