Ann Arbor Anger Management Counseling

Anger Management at Thriveworks in Ann Arbor, MI

You have probably witnessed an aggressive driver or have been the victim of somebody with road rage. Aggressive drivers have been known to purposely tailgate other vehicles, yell at other drivers, honk the horn to show their annoyance, make angry gestures, prevent other drivers from changing lanes and purposely cut off another vehicle. They may even get out of their cars in order to confront the other driver or purposely bump or hit another vehicle.

When anger turns into outrage, and an individual reacts in a way that is more aggressive than necessary in the situation, they are in danger of hurting themselves or others. This type of anger can cause accidents, violence and many health risks.

The experienced therapists at Thriveworks in Ann Arbor, MI have worked with thousands of individuals with intense anger to help them realize the “red flags”—or triggers–that cause it. Thriveworks theapists will work with people experiencing anger control problems to find healthier responses to the triggers and help to determine the best anger management treatment plan.

How Anger Feels

Uncontrollable anger can have many consequences on your body, such as:

  • Jaw and hand clenching
  • Pacing
  • Faster breathing
  • A clammy or flushed feeling
  • Headaches
  • Trouble focusing
  • Tension in shoulders and back
  • Pounding heart

Causes of Anger

Anger can be caused by many things, and it is important to identify what they are.

Should and must. Some people have a view of how things should or must be done, and when they are not done in this specific way they get angry.

Jumping to conclusions. A person who thinks they know what other people are thinking can lead to an assumption that they meant to upset you or disrespect you.

Overgeneralizing. Always, never and everyone are the key words here. This is when a person says things like “Everyone is mean to me,” or “You never listen to me.”

Looking for Things. Sometimes individuals find things to get upset about without looking at the positives. When they allow these small irritations to build up, they can reach the point where they explode in anger over something relatively minor.

Blame. It is never the person’s fault when something goes wrong or anything bad occurs. Rather than taking responsibility, the individual blames everyone else.

How to Manage Anger Right Now

If you want to learn how to control your anger, the therapists at Thriveworks in Ann Arbor, MI have helped thousands of others and will work with you to identify its causes and how to respond to the triggers. Below are a few suggestions to manage anger immediately.

Stop and listen to what the other person is saying. Think about your response first. In an argument, avoid saying things that will hurt the other person.

Leave the situation. You can take a walk, go to another room and do something else. It is helpful to get away from the situation that caused anger. When you return, you may be able to view the issue in a different way that is more positive.

Problem-solving. Sometimes life throws us some challenges that cause anger. Whether it is something in the house that needs to be fixed, children who are not helping with chores or an issue with a project at the office, there are ways to work through these situations. When you get angry, it won’t help get any of these things get done. Anger only results in making you feel worse.

Take a walk. Get out of the situation, the house or the office, and indulge in a little fresh air and sunshine. Look at nature and the surroundings and get a different picture in your mind. Sometimes just being away from the situation for a while will give you time to think and decompress. You may be able to view the situation or source that made you angry in a more positive light.

Don’t wait any longer to begin anger management control at Thriveworks in Ann Arbor, MI. Therapists want to work with you to recognize the causes of your anger, teach you how to respond to its triggers in positive ways and provide the most effective anger management treatment plan. Call Thriveworks in Ann Arbor, MI at (734) 352-2812 today to get started on the path to leading a healthier life–mentally and physically.

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