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Stress and Anger Management

Stress and Anger Management

The goal of anger management is to improve your ability to control explosive emotions. These emotions are often the result of stress and frustration. Anger may come from inside or be the product of outside forces (something happening in your life or environment).

It is important to remember that anger is a normal and basic human emotion, much like joy and sadness. While anger is often considered "bad," in truth, it is not necessarily a negative feeling. If anger is used to influence your decisions in a healthy way, it may be quite helpful. For example, if you are angry about the skill level of referees in your child's sports league, you may choose to volunteer to run the program or get trained to be a referee yourself.

However, anger can often become destructive when words or actions hurt others (or yourself) and cannot be taken back. Suppressed anger can also be a problem. If you never show or express your anger, it can be harmful to your physical well-being since high blood pressure and heart disease are associated with high levels of hostility.

It is very important to figure out if your anger is a problem for you or others in your life. Do people respond to you with fear or hostility? Has your anger prevented you from making the most of job opportunities or personal relationships? Often, marital and family relationships are the first to be affected by anger management problems.

There are several ways to successfully deal with anger and create better consequences from your emotions. These methods can work very well:

  • Relaxation strategies: This includes slow or deep breathing, yoga, meditation, and other methods to calm yourself when frustrated or upset.
  • Changing angry thoughts: The key to controlling anger long term is to figure out which attitudes or beliefs you hold may be causing your intensely angry emotions ("No one cares about me" or "Why doesn't anyone do what I say?"). Then, change the way you think about that issue.
  • Improving communication: Poor communication can quickly and easily cause misunderstandings. Frustration may build. The ability to say what you mean (and mean what you say) may help prevent this problem. As part of this approach, it is important to learn to offer your opinion in a respectful and appropriate way.
  • Problem solving: Finding ways to get what you want without resorting to angry behaviors (e.g., yelling, pouting) will help you feel good about your actions and help others view you positively.

Helpful Local Treatment Group

A treatment group on anger management is available through Dean Medical Group. To learn more, contact Dr. Greblo's staff at (608) 824-4777.

Helpful Books

  • The Anger Management Sourcebook. Glenn Schiraldi and Melissa Kerr
  • Anger Management for Dummies. W. Doyle Gentry

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