3 Symptoms of Anger Issues And How to Alleviate Them

3 Symptoms of Anger Issues And How to Alleviate Them

Anger Management

Anger is stressful. It’s stressful for children observing it, spouses tolerating it, and the person exhibiting it. If you or someone you know has anger issues, help is available. Anger management is a proven treatment option. However, knowing what constitutes an anger problem is important before you take that step. In this way, you’ll know whether anger management counselling is the right choice. 

Keep reading to learn three revealing signs of anger issues and what you can do to alleviate them. 

1. Verbal or Physical Abuse

Verbal and physical abuse are often staples of an anger issue; they are typical of someone who has lost control. Any of the following acts can be categorized as verbal and physical abuse:

  • Hitting or punching
  • Strangling
  • Restraining
  • Pushing or shoving 
  • Slapping
  • Name-calling
  • Shouting and yelling
  • Threats

If any of these actions occur in the home, ask for help immediately. Anger management therapy may be the ideal solution under such circumstances.

2. Inappropriate Outbursts

Rare is an outburst ever an appropriate response. This truth is more so when petty or minor annoyances send someone up in arms. If you or someone you know are losing control at the slightest provocations, this is a sign of an uncontrolled anger issue. Anger management can help. Treatment can assist by soothing raw emotions that arouse anger. Unfortunately, avoiding people or situations that trigger you is almost impossible. Therefore, you must learn to better manage your responses to them. 

3. The Anger is Chronic

One of the primary factors of an anger problem is its degree of frequency and consistency. Are the episodes sporadic and periodic? Or are they happening daily? If the outbursts are happening regularly, this is cause for concern. Moreover, it indicates that you have anger issues that may require treatment. 

Anger Management Treatment Solutions

There are numerous ways you can attempt to treat your anger issues. While it’s best to seek professional help, there are things within your control that may make a difference.

  • Move your body: Physical fitness can help alleviate your anger, as it’s a natural mood enhancer. So the next time you feel angry, go for a walk or lift some weights at the gym. 
  • Express your anger constructively: Try expressing your feelings to others rather than losing control. Simply communicating your feelings acts as a therapeutic agent that allows you to release the anger pint up inside of you.
  • Use “I” statements: Anger causes us to blame others. A more constructive method is to reframe statements using the word ‘I.’ For example, “I feel upset you were late to my function” rather than “You’re never on time!”

Feel Safe in Your Home Again

Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home. But anger issues compromise that sense of safety; therefore, addressing them as soon as possible is essential. At AFP, we are an experienced and qualified team of trained psychologists in Calgary, and we’re here to help. So contact us today to end your anger issues and help your family feel safe at home again.

Dr. Terry Singh

Content reviewed by Dr. Terry Singh - a Registered Psychologist