Anger Management

What Is Anger Management?

Although anger is a normal, healthy emotion, it can become overwhelming and destructive leading to problems with relationships, work, family, friends and overall quality of life. Anger can become uncontrollable for some, making it difficult to predict and making others uncomfortable.

When someone experiences anger, they have an emotional reaction ranging from mild irritation to intense rage. In addition, anger triggers physiological reactions such as an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and hormone levels.

Sometimes people suppress their angry emotions by keeping it to themselves and holding it inside. Other times the anger is expressed in an aggressive, potentially hurtful way. Either way, it is imperative to learn skills to manage anger in a way that is adaptive, productive, and healthy both to you and the people around you. Although learning to manage your anger in an adaptive, healthy way can be hard work, committing to anger management can produce very positive results and improve one’s quality of life.

Anger’s Associated disorders

Problems with anger can also be triggered by other mental health concerns, such as:


People diagnosed with Intermittent Explosive Disorder tend to display repeated episodes of aggressive, violent behavior. These aggressive, violent reactions are often grossly out of proportion to the situation. Often people who have this disorder feel remorseful after they act out in an aggressive way. Intermittent Explosive Disorder is more commonly diagnosed in young men.

Causes of Anger


Anger at a specific person (e.g., your significant other) or event/incident (e.g., a work situation or traffic jam).


Anger that surfaces because of worrying or brooding about something personal going on inside or anger that is associated with a memory of a past event or trauma.

It is believed that some people are more prone to anger problems. These people may suffer from a low tolerance for frustration. As with many issues, it is often a combination of biological, environmental and psychological factors that may make one person more prone to destructive or internalized anger than another person.

Commonality of Anger

Anger is a normal, healthy feeling. When we feel angry, it is a trigger that lets us know that something does not feel right, either internally or externally. Anger only becomes problematic when an individual either internalizes it or externalizes it in an aggressive way that begins to interfere with functioning.

Anger Management Treatment At Equilibria

One of anger management’s goals is to help clients manage their expression of anger and other emotions in a healthy, productive and adaptive way. Part of learning the anger management process requires learning to identify one’s own needs and understanding how to achieve those needs in a way that is respectful of oneself and others. In learning how to manage your  anger and outward behavior, you must first become aware of and learn to control your internal responses.

Self-awareness and self-management are at the core of anger management. In addition, learning how to communicate and problem-solve more effectively goes hand in hand with anger management, as well as learning how to manage stress and frustrating feelings and situations.

Equilibria’s Philadelphia therapists are trained at helping people who struggle with controlling their anger and other related emotions. Our therapists work with individuals to help them identify triggers to their anger (and other emotions), ways to manage their emotions and discover alternative, more adaptive coping mechanisms.

Behavioral problems in children and teenagers often show up differently and require a different approach than what is required with adults.

Schedule an Anger Management Appointment

If you would like to meet or talk with one of our psychologists or therapists in Philadelphia about anger management, call us at (267) 861-3685, option 1; or fill out our online form.