How can anger management help you to deal with frustration? While anger is a common enough emotion that usually arises as a result of a frustrating situation, it can become a problem when an individual is no longer able to control themselves, resulting in outbursts and worse. Such individuals are said to have anger management problems which can lead to degradation of existing relationships while alienating the possibility of new ones. Most anger management issues can be attributed to immaturity on the individual's part arising from feelings such as entitlement or jealousy. Others can be related to mental issues and chemical imbalances. Of course the first response once you think or realize you have an anger issue should be to consult with an expert. However there are also ways that you can help yourself while undergoing treatment.

One of the first things that you can do when you start realizing you are having an outburst is to give yourself some time to think about the situation. Most outbursts are a result of reacting immediately without thinking, however taking the time to assess the situation, preferably in a third-person point of view, may cause you to have second thoughts if it is even worth the outburst at all. Thirty seconds to a minute is sometimes all it takes for you to think out response instead of reacting blindly with rage. Another way that you can help manage your responses to frustrating situations is to avoid them completely. If your pet dog and cat regularly fight with each other, creating noise that is hard to ignore, an example of what you can do is to isolate the pets from each other and prevent a frustrating situation from occurring at all. This is in line with getting to the root cause of your anger management problems and harnessing your emotions. Remember that situations are much more likely to get out of hand if emotions are left unchecked. Exercise maturity and do your best to get yourself under control.

A lot of anger management problems have underlying causes that are a result of a much deeper emotional problem or at the very least a mental imbalance that can be chemically treated. You can seek help through a psychiatrist or your doctor who can either provide you with the necessary treatment to get to those issues, or refer you to an expert who can. Weekly sessions with a therapist provides an outlet for discussing anger issues that most people are too afraid or embarrassed to approach their friends and family for. Medication can also be prescribed for anger issues that are more complicated, helping to relieve depressions and allow the individual to address their emotions more easily. The important thing is that the anger management issue is addressed rather than ignored by seeking professional help.

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Dr. Joe James is a Bethesda, MD psychologist who has specialized in anger management.