Anger Management

Anger is a normal, natural and useful emotion, helping us to define our boundaries and alerting us to respond to a stimulus

Anger is experienced when we :

  • Feel powerless or forced into a corner

  • Are mistreated or feel mistreated

  • Feel out of control

  • Feel frustrated

  • Believe an injustice has been done

  • Have been embarrassed, shamed or disrespected

Frequent or chronic anger is associated with depression, anxiety, insomnia and many other physical conditions, such as high blood pressure, suppressed immune system, ulcers, irritable bowel, heart disease and stroke.

Anger triggers the primitive 'fight or flight' response which was necessary for survival in earlier times.

It is important to learn to regulate anger by identifying the signs of it in our bodies before it escalates. Anger needs to be directed thoughtfully and not left to target someone else or ourselves. Anger unchecked often leads to violence and damages relationships.

Counselling can help you to get to know yourself and recognise the signals, make sense of why you are feeling angry and allowing time to decide how much of this emotion should be expressed and to whom or what. Anger can become habituated and the body becomes used to a heightened level of arousal, accepting this as normal and producing high levels of adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones).