Behind the Veil of Anger

AngerOne of the most difficult emotions to understand is anger. Mental health professionals know that, from an evolutionary perspective, this complex emotion is vital to survival. Even in the modern world, anger is an emotional tool in an arsenal designed to protect us from real physical threats. More often however, anger is an expression designed to protect ourselves not from what’s happening around ...

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Men and Mental Health: Questioning the Data

Mental health in MenANumerous studies over the decades show a clear indication that women tend to exhibit higher rates of some mental health issues than men. An analysis of data from the World Health Organization by Daniel Freeman, a Professor of Clinical Psychology and MRC Senior Clinical Fellow at Oxford University, showed that women have significantly higher rates of all the most ...

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A Healthy Anger Response

Expressing AngerWe all get angry sometimes. As with other emotions, we deal with it in different ways. But anger has unique potential for destruction – whether physical or emotional. So learning to experience and express anger in constructive and healthy ways is not only important but also extremely practical.

It’s useful to think of Anger as a secondary emotion. That means that it is ...

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Anger in Children: What’s “Normal?”

Child AngerOf all of the challenges of parenting –and there are many- perhaps none is as frustrating, infuriating, and troubling as dealing with anger in a child.  Depending upon a child’s age, it can manifest as tantrums and screaming fits, aggression with playmates, classmates, and siblings, or sullen, disrespectful and intentionally hurtful words or acts.  Among the difficulties in dealing with these situation is realizing what is going on…and then knowing ...

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Anger and the Elderly

If you are an adult, either a caregiver or simply an individual with an older person in your life, you may be noticing that that person increasingly seems angry, short-tempered, intolerant, or simply nasty. One of your children may have remarked that “Grandpa is always grumpy,” or is upset because a grandparent reprimanded him or her for making noise, playing the TV too loudly, or making a mess. For many adults with older people in their lives, this can be ...

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Recognizing An Abusive Relationship

It is a sad fact, but abusive relationships come in all shapes and varieties. While we rightly see and hear more and more attention being focused on physical manifestations of domestic violence, abuse does not have to be physical. It can be mental and emotional as well: just because there are no physical bruises, does not mean that there is no abuse.

Abuse is any repeated or sustained pattern ...

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