Individuals who have trouble controlling anger or who experience anger outside of a normal emotional scope may have one of several different types of anger disorders. Anger can take on various forms, the main categories of anger disorder include:
- Passive anger – This does not always come across as anger and can be difficult to identify. While aggressive behaviors have a clear and obviously negative impact on those involved, those who express their anger passively may not even be aware they are angry.
- Chronic anger includes constantly reoccurring or prolonged anger episodes. This form of anger can impact the immune system and can possibly be the cause of other mental disorders
- Overwhelmed anger is mainly caused by life demands that are too much for an individual to cope with.
- Self-inflicted anger is generally directed toward the self and may be caused by feelings of guilt.
- Judgmental anger is typically directed toward others and may come with feelings of resentment.
- Volatile anger involves sometimes spontaneous bouts of excessive violence.
IDCC has years of experience in working with anger management in a non-judgmental way and has learned that most people want to heal themselves and their relationships when given an opportunity to do so. In our unique and highly successful approach, we do not facilitate couples therapy until each individual with anger and/or aggression has gone through personal therapy. Once there is a commitment and skills to managing one’s anger, family and/or couples counseling can commence. Underlying psychiatric causes for the behavior is also addressed.
Many therapeutic strategies are available to help those dealing with anger issues. Some of these including cognitive behavioral therapy, improvements in communication skills, and problem-solving training. While it is possible to improve an anger response without external assistance, a qualified practitioner can help the process in a far quicker manner.
These therapies and methods help people adjust to life with an anger disorder. With therapy, patients get used to personal triggers and learn how to deal with each particular issue using conscious, goal-centered strategies.