Answer: Dear Friend, I suggest you schedule anger management coaching/counseling and resources. See also http://www.whatsgoodaboutanger.com/ for resources and articles which will help you deal with the anger.
Issues and Triggers:
Log some of the situations which recently caused you to feel angry and fly off the handle. What were the triggers? What happened and what were you thinking? Did you catastrophize the situation? Did you jump to false conclusions or personalize the situation? Were you stressed out by something else?
Distorted thinking and false beliefs such as: “I deserve to be treated…” or “I am entitled to…” contribute to anger escalation. If you can begin to control the hot self-talk and challenge your thinking with reality and truth – your angry emotions will defuse. Taking a Time-out is one of the best ways to control your anger.
Our resources teach various coping skills for managing anger.
Mental Health treatment: Since your psychiatrist thinks you have bipolar disorder – I suggest you follow his recommendations for counseling and medication. Bipolar disorder does have a chemical/physiological basis and needs to be treated as such. Also, counseling can help give you perspective on your life, help you express your feelings and teach to healthy ways to cope with anger.
How do you know when someone is just angry or is being abusive? Here are some insights to help you recognize anger and how abuse and battering are so different.
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