Anger, Hostility, and Violent Behavior - Home Treatment
If you are angry, hostile, or
violent, it is important to find help. You can learn ways to control your
feelings and actions.
There are some things you can do to try to control any feelings of anger or hostility and avoid violence.
- Think before you act. Take time to stop and cool
down when you feel yourself becoming angry. Count to 10, or practice some other
form of mental relaxation.
- Recognize feelings that
often lead to angry outbursts. Anger and
hostility may be a symptom of unhappy feelings or
depression about your job, your relationship, or other
aspects of your personal life.
- Come up with a reasonable
explanation of why you are angry. If a person triggers your anger, suggest to
yourself that perhaps the person is having a bad day.
situations that trigger your anger, such as doing errands at less-busy times if standing in
line bothers you.
- Express anger in a healthy way:
- Go for a short walk or
- Draw, paint, or listen to music to
release the anger.
- Write in a daily journal.
- Use "I" statements, not "you" statements, to discuss your anger. Say
"I don't feel valued when my needs are not being met" instead of "You make me
mad when you are so inconsiderate."
- Take care of
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a
balanced diet. Do not skip meals.
- Try to get 8 hours of sleep each
- Limit your use of alcohol, and do not use illegal
- Practice a relaxation technique such as
- Explore other resources
that may be available through your job or your community.
- Contact your human resources department at work to
see whether you have services available through an employee assistance
- Contact your local hospital, mental health facility, or
health department to see what types of programs or support groups are available
in your area.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor to
evaluate your feelings if your anger, hostility, or violent behavior becomes
more frequent or severe.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 05, 2013
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