Many people suffer from anger problems. Their anger could lead them to feel resentful and miserable if they hold their anger in. Their anger could lead to relationship, legal or job problems if they express their anger outwardly.
Anger is one of the moral emotions. People with anger problems often are stuck on some real injustice that has befallen them. They cannot get past the transgressions they have received.
Some angry people feel irritable much of the time. Their anger is easily triggered by minor or slight inconveniences.
Some angry people find themselves often disappointed in the behavior of others who fail to meet their expectations.
Some angry people feel they are embattled with the world and have difficulty with authority or functioning under the direction of others.
Of all emotions, anger destroys interpersonal relationships the most. Anger is easily communicated in facial expressions and the tonal qualities of the voice. So, it is hard not to let others know that you are angry with them.
Anger episodes can last for days or weeks, taking up much of a person’s conscious thought and devouring their time and energy.
Although there is no diagnosis for anger problems in DSM-5 or the World Health Organizations ICD-10 manual, several disorders reflect enduring and dysfunctional anger. The most common of these are Intermittent Explosive Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. However, more than 32 disorders listed anger, aggression, or irritability as a symptom.
Research shows that mental health professionals often misdiagnose clients with anger problems and give them a more severe diagnosis than their symptoms indicate.
Often people have anger problems with another emotional problem. Research has shown that the presence of anger with a primary emotional disorder like depression or anxiety results in more severe emotional problems and that those with an emotional problem and anger are more resistant to treatment.
|By attending our Anger treatment program, you will learn how to:
Our anger treatment program was developed and is supervised by Dr. Ray DiGiuseppe, a world-renowned expert on anger. He is the co-author of Understanding Anger Disorders (2007, Oxford University Press), the Anger Disorder Scale (2004, for adults), and the Anger Regulation and Expression Scale (2011, for children and adolescents). Dr. DiGiuseppe has published extensively on clinical anger problems in professional and scientific journals and has lectured extensively on anger to professional audiences.
Dr. DiGiuseppe runs the Anger Research Center at St. John’s University. You can visit their web page and participate in anger research. If you are interested in the Anger Group at The Albert Ellis Institute, please call(212) 535-0822 individual or group therapy for anger.