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Posted on Jun 9, 2015 in Anger, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Therapy

Anger Management 101

Everyone, no matter their age, gets angry at times. It is unavoidable. What is important is that you recognize that you are angry and take steps immediately to stem it. Anger is not all bad. It is a natural and adaptive response of the body to threats. This means, a certain amount of anger is necessary for survival. But how you express it, makes all the difference. Three approaches to tackle anger There are three approaches to anger- you can either express it, suppress it or calm down. Expressing anger- Try to express your anger through assertiveness and not aggressiveness. Being assertive does not mean that you have to be demanding or pushy- but putting your thoughts across respectfully. Suppressing anger– You can also suppress your anger by converting it or redirecting it. Rein in the anger, don’t think about it and focus your thoughts on positive things. Try to convert it into positive behavior. Calming yourself– The final method is to calm yourself. Calming down means controlling both...

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Posted on Feb 9, 2015 in News

How to Manage and Channel Your Anger

Anger is a powerful form of expression; as such, it needs to be handled with care. Much of that expression, no matter how honest or candid, is capable of hurting those around you. When your anger makes you lose control, what follows can only be unfortunate and unsavory. Since an outburst of anger has obvious destructive potential, one of the measures often adopted to deal with it is through creativity, the assumption being that energy that can destroy something existing can be routed to build something new. Artists, caught in a bind between their isolation and the creative process, are often prone to violent outbursts of anger. One of the most celebrated examples is, of course, the 19th century Dutch Post Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, who swung all his life from irritability to depression to violent anger (in 1888, he chopped off one of his ears while in the throes of such a mood) till his death at age 37. In the end though, through so much darkness,...

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Posted on Feb 6, 2015 in Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Counseling, Depression, News, Therapy

How to Tell if a Loved One Has Bipolar Disorder

We all have our set of mood swings, and don’t feel on top of the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but when do these changes in mood add up to bipolar syndrome? Identifying possible bipolar disorder For a person to be suffering from bipolar disorder, there should be both highs and lows, of mania and depression. An unusually high-energy phase followed by a terrible low. If it is one or the other state alone that is experienced, then, it is not a sign of bipolar disorder. A manic phase or a period of high self-esteem and great mood should be one that lasts at least one week. The person feels all powerful during the manic period and doesn’t need to sleep too much. Your loved one could be very talkative, with a flood of ideas; they might even go on a shopping spree. The high should not be induced by drugs to be called a manic phase. Hopelessness and emptiness During the depressed phase, the...

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Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Family, News

Understanding Anger

According to behavior psychologist Charles Spielberger, anger is an unpredictable emotion that can move from mild irritation to intense rage and fury within a short span of time. Just as other emotions lead to biological changes in our body, anger too leads to rise in blood pressure and heart rate followed by increased production of hormones like adrenaline. There can be several triggers to anger outbursts including certain people, events and traumatic memories. Expressing anger and control People have a tendency to vent out their anger at the nearest possible object, human or animal, in an aggressive or brutal manner depending on their anger level. Though anger is a natural response which can sometimes help protect us it is not healthy to lash out at things that annoy us as it can be detrimental in the long run. People approach anger in these common ways by either expressing it, suppressing it or maintaining calm by changing the topic. Though psychologists tell us to control anger or redirect it towards...

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Posted on Dec 8, 2014 in Anger, Family, Holidays, Stress

Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress Triggers

Holiday season is in full swing. Some major celebrations are just round the corner. Are you happy with excitement or weighing down with undue holiday stress? If it is the latter, there is help at hand. Make use of these handy tips to avoid holiday stress triggers and have some fun this year. Prepare early If you leave your shopping for the last minute then you set yourself for stress that you can easily keep away. Get your gifts and grocery shopping in order so that you have time to organize them and keep some time free to enjoy the holidays. You can easily buy dry grocery items and non-perishable stuff days before the holidays. Leaving everything for last-minute is inviting holiday stress. Schedule time for different kinds of shopping and tackle them separately. Gifts, foods, clothes and personal shopping if done separately can be managed rather well. Budget well If the idea of expenses is the thing that is causing you holiday stress then take some time to...

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