Rage and Anger
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ALM. DR. COREY: WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF INSTANCES OF ROAD RAGE IN THE NEWS LATELY. MOST RECENTLY EVEN FATAL OUTCOMES. WE KNOW THAT ANGER IS A NORMAL EMOTION, BUT RECURRENT RAGE IS NOT. THERE IS DEFINITLELY A RIGHT AND — DEFINITELY A RIGHT AND A WRONG WAY TO EXPRESS IT. ANGER MANAGEMENT COUNSELING HELPS YOU LEARN THE DIFFERENCE. FRUSTRATION, ANNOYANCE, AND ANGER ARE ALL NORMAL, HEALTHY EMOTIONS. EVERYBODY EXPERIENCES THEM AT SOME POINT. ANGER CAN MOTIVATE PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED IN IMPORTANT CAUSES, OR TO STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES AT HOME, WORK, OR AT SCHOOL. ANGER ALSO ALERTS AND PREPARES THE BODY TO REACT TO POTENTIAL DANGER. SO IN A NUTSHELL, ANGER CAN BE A GOOD THING. WHAT’S NOT GOOD IS WHEN PEOPLE EXPRESS ANGER IN VIOLENT OUTBURSTS, OR WHEN THEY SPEND A GREAT DEAL OF TIME SIMMERING WITH RAGE, OR WHEN THEY KEEP T ANGER BOTTLED UP INSIDE AND DON’T EXPRESS IT AT ALL. PEOPLE WHO HAVE TROUBLE DISPLAYING ANGER IN A HEALTHY WAY MAY EXPERIENCE A HOST OF PROBLEMS. PHYSICALLY, THEY’RE MORE PRONE TO HEADACHES, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, AND DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS. EMOTIONALLY, CHRONIC ANGER CAN CAUSE CLINICAL DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY. SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR ANGER IS RUN OF THE-MILL AND HEALT OR OUT OF CONTROL AND HARMFUL? CONSTANT ANGRY FEELINGS ARE A PROBLEM PLAIN AND SIMPLE IF THEY REGULARLY CAUSE YOU TO REACT IN WAYS THAT YOU REGRET, WHETHER THAT’S PHYSICALLY HURTING THOSE AROUND YOU OR EMOTIONALLY DISRUPTING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS. IF PEOPLE APPEAR AFRAID OF YOUR REACTIONS, IF YOU HAVE REGULAR RUN-INS WITH THE LAW, OR IF YOU ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE OTHERS WITH YOUR ANGER, YOU LIKELY NEED HELP MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS, IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ANGER, YOU PROBABLY INSTINCTIVELY KNOW IT. WHEN THAT’S THE CASE, IT’S IMPORTANT TO SEE A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO LEARN HEALTHY WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR ANGE IF YOU DON’T, YOU MAY GET INTO A SITUATION THAT CAN CAUSE YOU SERIOUS HARM OR DEATH OR, AT BEST, A SERIOUS INCONVENIENCE LIKE JAIL TIME. SO JUST REMEMBER — IF YOU ARE IN YOUR CAR AND SOMEBODY CUTS YOU OFF WHILE YOU ARE RIDING AROUND THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND, TAKE SOME DEEP BREATHS AND LET IT GO. I’M MEDICAL EDITOR DR. COREY

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