How Do I Deal with Severe Anger?

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You can better deal with severe anger by seeing a doctor, attending anger management therapy, and exercising. Seeing a doctor is an important part of dealing with any mental health issue. Do not try to guess at what kind of doctor to visit because it is part of a general practitioner's job to know what referral to give. Anger management therapy strives to help people deal with severe anger in healthy ways, in addition to realizing why they are angry in the first place. If you need something to do the moment you begin to experience severe anger, try exercising by playing sports or running to release relaxing chemicals in the brain.

If you experience severe anger on a regular basis and do not know how to solve it, visit a primary care doctor. A primary care doctor, also known as a general practitioner, will listen to your concerns and make suggestions on where to turn. This kind of doctor is the first person you should turn to when concerned about any problem because he or she is skilled in referring people to the appropriate specialist. Depending on the cause of the problem, it might take multiple specialists to be sure of the exact cause and how best to treat it. Your primary care doctor keeps track of who you have seen and who you should see next.


Seeking help by attending anger management therapy is one of the first things that may be recommended to you. Anger management therapy teaches people how to deal with severe anger in less destructive ways. These sessions can be taken alone or with a significant other, family, or a group of strangers with the same or similar problems. After a while, you may even experience less anger in addition to better control over the anger. In addition, by attending anger management therapy, you will gain a better grasp of what events trigger the severe anger and how to prevent them.

Exercising can help you feel happier because it stimulates certain chemicals in the brain. When you feel severe anger coming on, go for a run or speed walk to the nearest grocery store for a healthy snack. In the best case scenario, you will feel happier and significantly less angry when you return home. The worst case scenario is that you did something constructive and healthy for the body, but still feel angry. Essentially, this method of dealing with severe anger is a good thing no matter the outcome.


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Post 3

I've been less angry since I started taking anti-anxiety medications but I still get irritable and angry sometimes. I do exercise, but what else can I do?

Post 2

I think everyone should do whatever it is that works for them. For me, an intense workout followed by a long shower usually does the trick. I usually run or swim when I'm upset and angry. Sweating out the tension and then being in water for a while is great.

Post 1

I can't say that I've overcome anger issues completely, but I have been doing much better. I'm not sure how I did it but I know that it was my determination to change. Deep down, I am not the angry, aggressive person that I become at times and becoming aware of this is what helped me.

I still get angry but what's different is how I react to my anger. I don't scream at people and break things anymore. I try to convince myself to stay calm and I usually reach for my rosary beads and say a few prayers. Praying has an unbelievable calming affect on me. I'm not very religious but I think that some meditation and praying has good affects on the mind.

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