Uncontrollable anger is an emotion that can be very destructive and ruin a person’s life if they can’t control it. Anger is a powerful and yet normal feeling, just like happiness and sadness, but it’s how a person uses that emotion to express themselves and how long they hold on to that emotion determines their success or need for help. For instance, uncontrolled anger causes problems in a person’s professional career and worse in their relationships where violence will often take place inside their home leading to the physical abuse of the person’s spouse and or children. Symptoms of uncontrollable anger are as follows, but not limited too, feelings of rage, irritability (for the littlest of things), constant negative thoughts, anger that leads to violence (throwing objects, attacking someone), muscle tension, high blood pressure, restless behavior.
When a person seeks help for anger management, the primary goal is to learn how to control the anger, in addition to managing the depression or anxiety symptoms that many people who suffer from uncontrollable anger experience. At the Eustache Institute, we help treat our patients with Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) which is a highly effective and proven form of treatment. CBT is the concept that our thoughts affect our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of CBT is that one can learn how to change the way they think, feel and behave, even if the situation stays the same. Our goal is to help our patients understand their thoughts and feelings so they can have more control over their behavior.
During a CBT session, we will ask our patient a series of questions and engage in exercises to help our patient recognize the triggers that cause their anger so they can manage their emotions and prevent destructive outbursts. Once our patients understand their triggers, we provide them with a list of activities and methods they can experiment with, during a session and at home (homework), this will help them find solutions that work best for them with our guidance. We need to remember that everyone is different, with their own set of triggers that stem from past experiences and or traumas.
Why choose CBT for Anger Management?
Cognitive behavior therapy can be as powerful as medication when it comes to treating numerous mental health disorders and be helpful in cases where medicine directly has not worked for the patient. CBT focuses on reprogramming your thoughts, therefore altering your reactions to change how you feel. The abilities you learn in CBT can be incorporated into your daily activities, helping you to make better choices during stressful situations, even after you’ve completed your therapy. Also, compared to other therapies, this method of treatment can be accomplished in a shorter period.
CBT is also an excellent method of treatment for children diagnosed with uncontrollable anger. When children are diagnosed with anger issues, it’s essential to help the guide them towards emotional awareness so that they can make healthier choices.
To learn more about Cognitive Beaghor Therapy, please visit www.EustacheInstitute.com.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed. You can read more about neurofeedback therapy by visiting her blog. You may also find her on Instagram and Facebook.