Anger Management

Uptown Psych

Psychiatrists & Therapists located in Uptown, Chicago, IL

Anger-related issues and the inability to control bouts of rage affect people of all ages and backgrounds. At Uptown Psych, located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, the team of specialists offers target anger management therapy to help you gain control of this emotional response to your surroundings and learn how underlying mental health conditions may play a role in the matter. To learn more about this condition and your treatment options, make an appointment by calling or using the online scheduling tool today.

Anger Management Q & A

What are the signs of an anger-related issue?

Losing your temper on occasion does not necessarily mean you have an anger-related issue that requires medical attention. Mental health professionals look at your behavioral trends, as well as emotional and physical symptoms to determine whether you have an anger-related issue that anger management therapy could treat. Anger-related issues are characterized by a failure to deal with anger in a healthy, positive way.

Some emotional symptoms include:

  • Constant rage
  • Constant irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Having trouble managing and organizing your thoughts
  • Having fantasies about harming yourself and/or others

Intense emotional symptoms of anger-related issues can bring on physical symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Sinus problems

What causes anger?

One of the most common causes of anger is your environment. Some environmental factors that contribute to anger-related issues include:

  • Stress
  • Economic issues
  • Emotional or physical abuse
  • Poor social or family relationships
  • Having too many responsibilities requiring too much time and energy

Genetics and your body’s chemical makeup can also affect how you deal with, respond to, and manage intense emotions like anger.

Are there underlying conditions involved?  

Underlying mental health conditions can play a role, too. Existing conditions, including anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse-related issues can contribute to excessive anger. Therefore, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis from a mental health professional and receive treatment that targets the root cause of your anger-related issue.

How can Uptown Psych help me manage my anger?

Uptown Psych does not offer anger management therapy for court-mandated cases of charges, like abuse. However, at Uptown Psych, if you suspect that you have an anger-related issue, our team of mental health professionals offers talk therapy, support groups, and sometimes prescribes medication to help you. In many cases involving anger-related issues, treatment ends up being focused on an underlying mental health condition that causes anger and makes it hard for you to manage that anger. Uptown Psych’s mental health professionals are experts at diagnosing what issue might be causing your problems and tailoring treatment to the specifics of your conditions, as well as your preferences as a patient.