What is Anger? Is Anger a Mental Disorder? How do you control Anger?

What is Anger? Is Anger a Mental Disorder? How do you control Anger?

25 Nov 2020
  • Anger is one of the basic human emotions.
  • Anger is a normal emotion.
  • However, when excessive anger can cause problems.
  • Anger should be monitored, lest it cause self-harm or erupt into hostile, aggressive, or even violent behaviour.
  • Anger can be seen in a spectrum of conditions ranging from normalcy to severe psychiatric disorders.
  • Anger, when recurrent and excessive requires assessment and management to prevent harm to self and/or others.
  • Everyone experiences anger at some point. It becomes problematic, however, when the frequency or severity of anger interferes with relationships, work performance, legal standing, or mental health. While there is no official “anger disorder,” dysfunctional anger can be a symptom of manic episodes, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Intermittent Explosive Disorder.
  • Anger doesn't require a formal diagnosis to be disruptive, or to benefit from help with its management.
  • Anger Management:
  • Anger management therapy provides a clear set of recovery guidelines.
  • Therapy aims to aims to achieve constructive responses, rather than destructive ones.
  • People in therapy are encouraged to examine what triggers their anger. They try to become aware of their emotions at each level of arousal. People learn how to use those signs as a map to control their anger.
  • Anger management helps to reduce and control anger. This allows people to reduce stress. It can also lower the risk for serious health problems. These can include heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • The goal of anger management therapy is to teach people how to examine their triggers. It also helps people adjust how they look at situations. Successful anger management therapy develops healthy ways for people to express anger and frustration.
  • Anger management therapy may take place in one-on-one or group settings.
  • People with other mental health issues may need to address these underlying problems first. Doing so may make future anger management more effective.


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