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Anger is a normal emotion where we may feel frustrated, irritated and upset, and is often a reaction to stress, failure, or injustice. If managed correctly, it can be a healthy response but it can, if left unchecked, become uncontrollable and create problems for you and the people around you. Anger has more risks than other emotions. It can stop you thinking clearly and act in ways you may regret later, causing alienation.

People can react differently to anger; some people become aggressive towards others whilst others hide their anger and may take it out on themselves.

Signs of an anger problem may include:


Changes of behaviour

Excessive arguing

Outbursts and breaking things

Losing your temper quickly

Physical violence

Physical symptoms

Faster heartbeat

Tense muscles

Clenching your fists

Tightness in your chest

Feeling hot

Mental symptoms

Feeling tense or nervous

Being unable to relax

Being easily irritated

Feeling humiliated

Resenting other people

How can counselling help me?

We can provide a clear set of recovery guidelines to help develop healthy ways to express anger and frustration. It gives you time to understand why you get angry by exploring possible causes, triggers and underlying issues. We would then explore how we can change the way you respond to your feelings of anger by learning skills to handle anger more effectively, look at communication effectiveness and show how we can use anger to motivate. Every individual and situation is different but typically we would incorporate methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Impulse control & self awareness, breathing & relaxation techniques.

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