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    Can poor anger management negatively affect my health?

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    I am a psychologist in private practice.I also lecture and supervise psychologists/psychology students at University.I work with clients who suffer from depression and anxiety. I … View Profile

    You are right in being concerned about anger and health. Poor anger management can affect your physcial health, if you are angry often and over a number of years. Anger issues can also affect your interpersonal relationships, both at home and at work. It would be sensible to discuss these issues with your doctor and see if there is an underlying physical health problem that needs addressing. The doctor may also think it could be useful for you to see a psychologist to address the emotional issues associated with the anger.

  • I have been working in Eltham, Melbourne as a relationship and family counsellor for over twelve years. I draw on current theory and research about … View Profile

    Some great answers by both Jennifer and Diane. I think it is important to add, though, that there is nothing wrong with anger in itself. Obviously, we need skills in order to manage it in a way that is not detrimental to our own health, or to other people. Like all emotions, anger has a purpose. Usually anger tells us when something is not right, that we may need to understand better and perhaps take action in response to. Anger is also the emotion we are most aware of, but can be associated with many other emotions. For example, I may feel angry that my partner is not talking to me after we have had a fight, but underneath there may be other emotions such as fear (that he does not want to be close to me any more) or sadness (that we are not able to connect like we used to). Counselling can equip you with the skills not just to manage your anger, but to befriend it and understand it, and to use it wisely and well. All the best.

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