Anger Management at Thriveworks in Beverly Hills, MI
Human emotions are wonderful aspects of life that give it color and meaning. Without emotions, life would be mundane. The problems arise when emotions, such as anger, start to control an individual rather than them controlling the anger.
Just think of the scenario where a person is driving and is cut off by another driver. The person who was cut off starts screaming insults, making rude gestures and even physical threats at the other individual. This is aggressive behavior—or road rage–that sometimes leads to altercations, assaults and collisions, and it is anger that is out of control.
Anger that is intense and frequent is an emotion that can have devastating effects on the person and others. It can harm the individual physically as well as emotionally. In addition, it is also a potential threat to the safety and emotional world of others. If anger is not managed properly, it leaves a deep imprint on the person, their loved ones and those who become innocent victims of the anger.
When you feel that your anger is beginning to get out of control—or maybe it already has—counseling at Thriveworks in Beverly Hills, MI may help. Experienced therapists, who have worked with thousands of people with anger issues, will work with you on steps to deal with anger, identify its triggers and outline a plan for anger management treatment so you can enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life.
The Affects of Anger on Your Health
When anger starts to take control and occurs frequently like the driver with road rage, it can affect your health in so many ways, from minor problems to major illnesses. The following are just some of the health risks that can occur because of anger.
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Tension and migraine headaches
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Muscle pain
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Increase in heart and breathing rate
- Increase in blood pressure and metabolism
In addition, anger problems can make your anxiety worse. If you are a worrier, it is important to know that anxiety and anger go hand-in-hand. In a 2012 study published in the journal, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, researchers found that anger can exaggerate symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which is a condition characterized by an excessive and uncontrollable worry that interferes with a person’s everyday life. Higher levels of anger were found in people with GAD. Hostility and internalized, unexpressed anger contributed to the severity of symptoms of GAD.
Studies have linked depression with aggression and angry outbursts. In depression, passive anger—where you think about it and never take action—is common.
Anger can also shorten your life. Stress is tightly linked to general health. If you are stressed and angry, it can shorten your life. According to a University of Michigan study conducted over a 17-year period, couples who hold in their anger have a shorter life span than those who speak up assertively when they are mad.
Responses to Anger
The best way to handle anger is to learn to calm it. There are many ways you can do this, including getting some exercise, picturing a place where you are happy (a favorite vacation, a quiet retreat, a park) and practicing deep breathing.
People who express angry feelings aggressively—assertively is the best way to deal with anger—can make the situation worse and cause people to avoid them. It can destroy relationships with family members, friends and coworkers.
When people suppress anger, they keep it inside, try not to think about it or focus on other things. Holding anger in can increase it and make the situation worse, and it can cause the person to do harm to their health. It can also make life unenjoyable and can deteriorate relationships.
If you have uncontrollable anger, don’t wait any longer to contact Thriveworks in Beverly Hills, MI. For more than 10 years, the counselors at Thriveworks have worked with thousands of people to help them recognize the causes of their anger, find positive ways to respond to its triggers and provide the most effective anger management treatment plan. Call Thriveworks in Beverly Hills, MI at (248) 686-3347 today to get started on the path to living a healthier life, mentally and physically.