Breaking the Anger Cycle

We all feel anger now and again, it’s a human emotion. When the negative outcomes of your anger start affecting your relationships, work, school, home life, or causes property damage, or ends up as legal problem that’s when you should seek help to change this behaviour.

Anger affects us all from childhood to adulthood. Why do we get angry? You may feel wronged, something unfair has happened, your social status, wellbeing or possessions may have been affected. Getting angry can depend on your mood, perspective, and physical wellbeing, ability to manage stress, coping skills, and available supports.

Research has also found that angrier people are more prone to flick the anger switch on more quickly and more often because they constantly see themselves as being wronged or treated unfairly. They make impulsive choices and are less likely to see the risk. Is this you or someone you know?

Anger has other side effects for the individual. Physically you can feel more pain, have higher cholesterol levels, suffer from a lower immunity and experience more illness. Suppressing anger can be equally bad for your health especially for your emotions. We know the anger response can be learnt from family, culture or trauma where anger and aggression, sometimes extreme, can be seen as normal. Inflexible attitudes and high expectations can also lead to anger as can issues such as oppositional defiant disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

If anger is an issue for you a family member, friend or colleague, our psychologists at Psychologists Southern Sydney (PSS) are extensively trained in therapies to help people overcome this issue. We work with you on your emotions, thinking processes, physical responses and behaviours. This can result in curtailing behaviour associated with anger including physical, verbal or mental abuse, road rage, even assault and other violent crimes. At PSS our psychologists help you move forward by assisting you to develop life changing, long term healthier thinking strategies to overcome your anger issues.

For anger management, our PSS psychologists are able to work with individuals, couples and families. We offer assessments or report writing services if legal action or workplace issues are a factor.

We’re open 6 days a week offering extended daytime and after hour counselling. Your sessions with Psychologists Southern Sydney may be covered by your Private Health Fund or talk to your GP about a Mental Health Care Plan which could enable you to receive a Medicare Rebate.

To find out more about our services or to book a session at Psychologists Southern Sydney please call 02 8381 5867.Medicare Rebate.


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