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Anger, Hostility, and Violent Behavior - Prevention

To prevent anger and hostility and to avoid violence:

  • Seek positive ways to resolve problems. Arguing can be okay, even healthy, as long as it does not turn violent.
  • 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.
  • Take steps to lead a healthy life.
  • Teach your children that anger is not a solution.
    • Give your children consistent love and attention.
    • Settle arguments without yelling or hitting.
    • Do not use physical discipline, such as spanking or other forms of corporal punishment. If you need help controlling your children, consider taking a course in parenting skills.
    • Limit your child's exposure to TV, movies, and video games. Watch television with your children to discuss or limit violent content.
  • Do not keep guns in your home. If you have guns in your home, unload them and lock them up. Lock ammunition in a separate place. Keep guns away from children.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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