How you prepare

Learning behavioral skills is an essential part of anger management. A number of books and websites offer information about ways to manage anger. But, if learning skills on your own isn't enough to help you stay calm and in control, you may benefit from seeing a mental health professional or by taking an anger management class.

It can take a little work to find an anger management program, a counselor specializing in anger management or other resources. Here are some places to start your search:

  • Ask your primary care doctor or mental health professional for a referral to a program or counselor.
  • Search trustworthy online sites for resources, such as blogs, support groups or books.
  • Ask someone who completed an anger management program or took other steps to manage anger.
  • Check with your employee assistance program (EAP) or church.
  • Check your local library for books, videos or other resources.
June 10, 2017
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