Is Anger a Normal Trauma Response, and can Anxiety Therapy Help?
When we experience a traumatic event, whether this occurred at the time of our childhood, in the past few years, or recently, symptoms of anxiety can surface and cause the body to be plagued with painful survival energy that needs to be reconciled. At the same time, the brain likely needs help to make sense of the traumatic event and find a peaceful resolution. There are anxiety treatment centers offering PTSD counseling for people experiencing several symptoms, and anger is a common one that’s usually present with other emotions.
Why is Anger a Common Response to Trauma?
We all have a natural survival instinct when faced with traumatic and challenging occurrences, and anger, in various levels of intensity, is a natural and expected response. Anger can arm people with the ability to survive a traumatic incident because it can enable one to shift their focus. When that individual works with a trauma therapist, the shift in focus can be fine-tuned to hit a healthy target, as the individual processes their complex feelings, including anger.
Anger is also a very common reaction people have when they feel the situation they were placed in was unfair. Furthermore, when people identify as a victim, anger can be a common reaction. Anger is also a very common reaction when people have been the target of violence or exploitation. For example, family scapegoat PTSD is a condition that therapists at Serenity Trauma treat, and when clients have been gaslighted, manipulated, or controlled by family members, anger is almost always a reactive feeling they hold in the early stages of treatment.
How is Anger Usually Expressed?
Trauma survivor’s express anger differently. In some cases, people may have short tempers and find themselves easily irritated, they may have frequent outbursts of emotional expressions on extreme levels, and these emotions can include severe anger and blinded rage. Some people keep their anger bottled up internally while doing significant damage to their health, while others may act out in destructive behavior. Others may grow silent, as their rage renders them unable to vocalize their feelings, while others may tend to rant and over vocalize. Once an anxiety therapist can give you a proper diagnosis while identifying the finer details at the base of your trauma, the right anxiety treatment will be mapped out, and through the process the therapist will help you make sense of your feelings by delving gently into the depth of the trauma and work with you to regulate those emotions so you can live a stress-free life of purpose and joy.
If My Anger is Trauma-Based, What Therapies Might Help Me?
There are several anxiety therapies that help people who showcase anger as a symptom of surviving a traumatic incident. Some of these anxiety treatments include:
- EMDR therapy
- Somatic experiencing
- Havening therapy
Often, a combination of these and other anxiety treatments are used by a therapist to help their clients come to terms with the traumatic memories and alter the way emotions are processed around them. Because people are individuals with their own unique set of experiences, and each person will have a different set of emotions, as well as varying ways they process emotions, treatment approaches are always customized to fit each client at a personal level.
How can Anger, as a Response to Trauma, be Dangerous?
In people with anxiety disorders such as various types of PTSD, their response to a traumatic event and the threat it posed can leave them “stuck”. In other words, the heavy survivor energy becomes trapped in their body, and negative thought patterns can get stuck in the brain. This can lead people to act out in “survival mode” when faced with all levels of stressful situations. Basically, someone can find themselves in “full activation mode” even in situations when the stress level would be normally perceived much lower by people who have not gone through a traumatic event. People who demonstrate ongoing anger after a traumatic event can react to multiple situations as if their life was being threatened.
Can Anxiety Therapy Help You with Anger Management?
If you have survived a traumatic event and you feel you may have anger management problems you could be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are easy to diagnose and treat, so give Serenity Trauma a call and set up a consultation with one of our therapists. Now is the time to get a strong hold on your life, and learn how to process emotions surrounding traumatic events in a healthy manner that will rid your mind and body of hurtful energy. Call now and begin the happiest chapter in your life’s story that you deserve to live.