The Impact of Uncontrolled Anger
Uncontrolled anger can affect people in a variety of ways; here are just some of them
- 1. Anger prevents people from being able to focus on important things, like work, studying, extracurriculars, and communicating with family and friends. It has the most isolating impact on people, and over time, it can convince you to cut ties completely with people even when remedies and interventions can be put into play to help mediate your relations with others.
- 2. Anger readily stresses people, and too much stress can affect every known organ system in the body, from the brain to the liver. The literature is clear on stress – the more stress you have, the less likely that you are healthy, even if you ‘don’t feel any problem,’ which is normally not the case.
- 3. Excessive anger can trigger aches and pains all over the body. We’re talking about headaches, migraines, chest pains, and more. These pains are associated with the natural stress response of the body.The problem with stress in this context is that you need to fix the source of the stress before the body realigns its response with your mental state and what’s going on in the environment. If the cause of the stress is not addressed, the stress response can go on for weeks, months, or even years. The human body is simply not designed to withstand this much stress, and it will begin to take damage.
- 4. Anger can affect those around you – even those that you care about deeply. At the very least, they can feel upset. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Exposure to anger and other destructive emotional outbursts can have long-term psychological and emotional effects on people. Children are most prone to psychological trauma. What may not affect you on a scale that causes trauma may scar younger members of your family.
How Can We Help?
Anger management at The New Hope Mental Health Counseling Services is all about recovery. We love the idea of making a permanent impact on people’s lives.
Recovery from anger equates to rebalancing the emotions and adjusting the behavior, and helping you understand the relationship of your emotions with what you do in the real world. We help create a controlled platform where you can process and release pent-up and often destructive emotions.
In the process of releasing these emotions, we create the conditions wherein you can begin to recover and heal from the anger. Anger harms not just the people around you, but also you, most especially. There is no truth that the constant and uncontrolled expression of anger is healthy. The truth is the opposite of this.
We will also help you go through the various emotions and responses that you have to events that trigger the anger. Some human responses are constructive, while those that are triggered by adverse events and emotions may have transformed to being destructive. Identifying the destructive responses is key to making permanent changes to a person’s behavior.
Awareness is the first step, and change is the outcome that is desirable to all parties. Another dimension of anger management is gaining insight as to how past and present events shape our responses to people and the environment in general.
In many cases, these responses are actually defense mechanisms, and part of the therapy would be to understand these defense mechanisms and if they may be rooted in something that is more concerning, such as anxiety, depression, and other possible disorders.