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Anger is My Weakness

Discussion in 'Dysregulation' started by ceecee09, Oct 23, 2005.

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  1. ceecee09

    ceecee09 New Member

    I also have problems with my anger which tend to get me into legal problems. Is there any way in which you and the others in this group could give me suggestions on how to manage and cope with my anger. Thanks again, Cindi.
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  3. ceecee09

    ceecee09 New Member

    Feels free to reply in suggestive advice for me.
  4. Evelyn

    Evelyn Social Work Counsellor

    The emotions of Anger

    Hi Cindi,
    Perhaps a start in managing anger is to work back starting with what actually happens when you are angry. Can you remember a specific time you though "Oh no, I really shouldn't have done that". What did you do to release that anger (yell, break things, hit things or people etc.)? It sounds like you mean it happens pretty frequently Cindi. Can you share with us a specific incident that you would like to pull apart. This one incident could follow the same or a similar pattern like many others. I think that we could work back to see what made you respond like that. Everyone responds differenty under pressure and it's important you know how you respond and the lead up so you can then create an action plan to interveen and contol aspects of you anger.

    Once we have thought about what you actually do when you feel anger the next step back from that is looking at what built you up. I've notice for me that anger is both a gradual process and instant. I might bottle things up for a few days, thing like arguments, comments people have said, feelings of negativity or loniless etc. (have a look at Anthony's [DLMURL="http://www.ptsdforum.org/thread12.html"]Iceberg diagram[/DLMURL] of other emotions embeded within anger)....they're all thoughts that I choose to focus on and over time, I have trained myself to notice that my behaviour gets worse then I just crack. What are you thinking and feeling before you have an anger outburst?

    For some people it has been gradually getting worse over years and their short fuse has become shorter, therefore when they get stressed immediately, instead of taking a few days, an outburst may occur within 2 seconds because their body has learnt that pattern. The good news is that we can break this habbit when we observe our patterns.

    So Cindi, if you would like to, please tell us about one of the recent times you felt this way by explaining what you did and why?

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  5. anthony

    anthony Silently Watching Founder

    Yer, I agree with Evelyn, that you need to probably tell us what has set you off recently, so it can be pulled apart. Myself and another on the PTSD course suffered anger pretty bad, in the sense that your talking about actually. It was the pulling apart of this, basically by the course members, that really helped me understand, that I didn't need to get this way, and that by walking away was a good response.

    By reducing my alcohol, that actually lowered my angered responses dramatically, as I covered everything with it, and was drinking quite heavily to keep things suppressed. Well, now I don't drink much, and I don't suppress much, which actually helps me keep my anger under control. I have recognised what is PTSD anger, and what is normal anger. Normal anger is good, and its actually unhealthy to not get angry at some point. The problem was, I would just walk along the street, pass someone who looked at me the wrong way, and knock them out. I had stabbed people in defending myself, swore, beaten and broken peoples bones, and injured myself obviously during some of these things. I think I know where your coming from.

    Yes, we can help you. Evelyn has helped me during the course, and no doubt we can all help you now.
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