To observe confidentiality and safeguard the privacy of all patients, our practice does NOT accept insurance or payments from any third-party payor.

Become the Best Man, Father, Husband, and More. Eliminate All Barriers, Conquer Challenges, and Gain Full Mastery of Your Life.

Signs You Need Anger Management Intervention and Treatment

Emotions are a normal and healthy part of life, but when your emotions start to control your thoughts and behavior, it can lead to serious problems in your relationships, career, and other aspects of life. When anger starts to take over your life, it can lead to aggression, physical and verbal altercations, and physical and emotional harm toward yourself and others.  

Anger management is the ability to modulate your anger and control the way it affects you rather than the other way around. This control allows you to feel and process feelings of anger in a healthy, productive manner without letting them negatively affect your thoughts and behaviors. If you experience anger issues, working with a Licensed Clinical Psychologist is the key to regaining control and learning how to manage your emotions effectively. Learn more about the signs you need anger management intervention and treatment with this overview. 

When Anger Becomes a Problem 

How can you tell the difference between anger as a natural reaction and anger as a problem that is influencing your thoughts and behaviors? Remember that, like any emotion, the problem does not stem from anger itself. Instead, pay attention to your reaction to anger. How do you act on it? Holding onto anger without processing, expressing, or releasing it in a healthy manner leads to frustration, aggression, and negative thought and behavior patterns. 

When anger turns into anger issues, it can cause serious problems for your physical, emotional, social, and Mental Health. Anger issues lead to strained relationships with partners, friends, family, and coworkers. They can cause conflict at work or within other social groups. Unresolved anger can also lead to lasting stress and tension, causing physical health problems such as muscle tension, high blood pressure, digestive issues, and cardiovascular issues. 

What Does Unmanaged Anger Look Like? 

There are several signs and symptoms that can help you tell the difference between healthy expressions of anger and anger issues. Most of these symptoms revolve around aggression and feeling a lack of control over your reactions to anger. These include thoughts and behaviors such as: 

  • Arguing with others more frequently 
  • Expressing anger through shouting or verbal abuse 
  • Expressing anger through violent actions, such as breaking things 
  • Threatening violence when angry 
  • Physical altercations with others 
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as violence toward yourself 
  • Feeling reckless or disregarding rules 
  • Feeling as if you have to repress or hide anger 
  • Regretting words or actions that stem from anger 

These symptoms indicate that you are not managing anger in a healthy manner. Identifying these signs is the first step to seeking management intervention from a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and receiving the help you need for your own mental and emotional well-being. 

Types of Anger Management Issues 

Anger comes from different places and presents itself in different ways. Many people think of poor anger management as involving verbal and physical conflicts, but that is not always the case. Below are a few examples of the different types of anger issues that point to a need for professional intervention.  

Anger at Yourself 

Some anger is completely internal. When you turn your anger inward toward yourself, you lash out at yourself with frustration, blame, and negative thought patterns. This can lead to feelings of guilt, self-hatred, and a negative self-image. Without intervention, inward anger can also lead to aggression and self-punishment. You might avoid activities you enjoy, fail to take care of yourself, or engage in self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse or self-harm. 

Anger at Others 

Many people with anger management issues direct their frustration and aggression outward. This form of anger can lead to higher levels of aggression, such as verbal arguments, physical altercations, and hitting or breaking objects.  

Outward expressions of anger can occur no matter where you place the blame for your feelings. You can be angry with one person but express your anger at another. You can even place blame on yourself and still point your anger and aggression toward others. 

Passive-Aggressive Anger 

Not all anger issues are outright aggressive. Some people display their anger in more passive ways without shouting or becoming physical. This is known as passive-aggressive anger. It tends to be more verbal based and includes behaviors such as making sarcastic comments or hidden insults toward others.  

Passive-aggressive anger can also happen through indirect actions. For example, if someone asks you to do them a favor, you might do it in an unhelpful or annoying way. Passive-aggressive behaviors like this often avoid direct confrontation, but they still allow feelings of anger to build within you. They also often lead to bursts of outward anger in the future. 

Disproportionate Anger 

Another sign that you need anger management intervention and treatment is if the scale of your anger is disproportionate to the thing that made you angry. Do small issues set you off? When you feel angry, does it usually lead to extreme stress, frustration, and arguments? These are indicators that you are holding a lot of excess anger without processing it effectively. When you experience small conflicts or frustrations, it adds to your high levels of anger, creating a disproportionate reaction. 

Long-Lasting Anger 

Anger issues make it difficult to let go of anger even after the frustrating situation is over. When small things ruin your entire day or one bad day ruins your entire week, it is a sign that you are experiencing long-lasting anger and need anger management help from a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  

Holding on to anger can lead to grudges or thoughts of seeking revenge. It also prevents you from processing and healing from events that happened years ago. Long-lasting anger has a negative impact on your thought patterns and emotional health. It impacts your physical health as well, creating prolonged states of stress and hypervigilance that can lead to chronic health problems such as muscle tension or cardiovascular issues. 

How Anger Management Treatment Helps 

Through anger management treatment with a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, you learn to recognize what triggers your anger. This allows you to view your situation and your reactions to it clearly and calmly. This practice—along with learning skills like emotional regulation—allows you to feel anger without letting it control you.  

A Licensed Clinical Psychologist can help you address the root of your anger issues so that you can overcome these challenges and achieve better emotional and mental well-being. If you are looking for a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who offers anger management therapy in Los Angeles, Irvine, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Bel Air, Century City, Brentwood, Westwood, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, and the surrounding areas, contact Blair Wellness Group to see how our evidence-based treatment plans can help you. 

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Blog

The Link Between Anxiety, Depression & Other Mood Disorders

Anxiety Disorders and Mood Disorders make up some of the most common Mental Health Conditions for adults in the United States. Despite how common they are, though, there is still plenty of misunderstanding surrounding these disorders—especially when it comes to the relationship between them.   Comorbidity between Anxiety Disorders and Mood Disorders such as Depressive Disorders

How Childhood Trauma Leads to Developing Anxiety Disorders

Childhood experiences do not stop affecting you just because you reach adulthood. The things that impact your emotional and psychological health as a child continue to influence your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors throughout your entire life. This means that, without treatment from a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, childhood trauma and other adverse experiences can lead to

How Neuroplasticity Affects Thought Patterns & Disorders

As you face changes in your life, your brain also changes. Whether you are learning new skills, such as playing an instrument, or simply adjusting to new situations, such as moving to a new city, your brain’s ability to adapt is what allows you to grow throughout life. This ability is neuroplasticity. Like any form

Looking for a Local Psychologist?

Our Anger Management Therapists in Los Angeles offer evening and weekend appointments for our Concierge patients. Call us today at 310-999-4996 to discuss how Blair Wellness Group can help you overcome anger issues as well as other disorders, such as depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, addiction issues, and personality disorders. 

Scroll to Top

Request An Appointment

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Cancellation/Refund Policy:

    Please note, there are absolutely NO refunds for ANY of your prepaid sessions in case of broken appointments by you as the professional times and days were reserved for you and will be considered as broken appointments. We ask that you do NOT make appointments unless you fully intend to keep all your future weekly appointments as we do NOT issue refunds on ANY prepaid appointment. Please note, our practice is fully committed based on previously scheduled times for our clients at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.