Control Anger by Diffusing the Situation
Wishard Health Services offers tips to tame your temper
Contact: Todd Harper
Phone: (317) 630-7808
Pager: (317) 310-5972
Indianapolis, July 31, 2012 – Have you ever been driving on the freeway and all of the sudden notice someone behind you laying on the horn and waving aggressively at you for no apparent reason? Or maybe you have found yourself fuming when someone looks at you the wrong way?
The littlest thing can set some people off and cause explosive anger that can have serious consequences on relationships, health and state of mind.
What causes someone to become angry at the simplest thing? While anger is a normal and even healthy emotion, it's important to deal with it in a positive way. Uncontrolled anger can take a toll on both health and relationships.
Experts at Wishard Health Services point out that uncontrolled anger can often result from a combination of several factors. The most important and first step is realizing you have a problem controlling your anger and doing something proactive to help manage it
"When it becomes apparent that anger is interfering with the enjoyment of daily activities and relationships with coworkers and friends, it is important to take a step back and determine whether or not you need to seek help," said Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, a physician at Wishard Health Services and an associate professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics and faculty member for the Indiana University School of Medicine Division of Adolescent Medicine. "Typically this kind of uncontrolled anger is a result of something occurring in your life. It could also be a sign of potential health issues. The good news is that getting anger under control can often be accomplished with a little help."
Below are some tips to help manage your anger:
Take a timeout.
- Once you're calm, express what’s on your mind.
- Get some exercise.
- Think before you speak.
- Don't hold a grudge.
- Use humor to release tension.
- Practice relaxation skills.
Learning to control anger is a challenge for everyone at certain times. Consider seeking help for anger issues if your anger seems out of control, causes you to do things you regret or hurts those around you.
Anger management classes and counseling can be done individually, with your partner or other family members, or in a group. "Patients will describe the frustration they feel when they recognize their anger is out control, or family members will discuss it at the patients visit. Bring it up at your next health care appointment," said Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber. "Request a referral from your primary care doctor to a counselor specializing in anger management, or ask family members or friends for recommendations. Your health insurer, employee assistance program (EAP), clergy, or state or local agencies also might offer recommendations."
Wishard Health Services through Midtown Community Mental Health Center provides integrated mental health care through its 10 community centers located in Marion County. This approach helps to limit barriers of transportation and different schedules and also integrates primary care services into the care. For more information on the services Wishard provides, please call Health Connection at 317-655-2255.