Frequently Asked Questions

What are Anger Management Classes?
Anger management classes are educational courses aimed at teaching skills to help change ones thinking and behavior.  At Anger Management Chicago, we use a structured approach.  Anger management classes are taught on a weekly basis and typically last from 1 ½ hours in duration..  Our anger management classes are 8 weeks, depending on your requirements and reasons for attending.  Our anger management classes are fun, engaging, and meant to be a positive therapeutic experience.  All anger management participants will receive an assessment prior to beginning their anger management classes as well as when they complete their program.
Who should take Anger Management Classes?
Anger management classes should be taken by anyone who feels their anger has caused problems in relationships with others.  Classes are sometimes mandated as part of a court order or legal requirement or at the request of one’s employer.  In general we recommend that anyone who would like to improve their interpersonal skills in communication, listening, judgment and impulse control, forgiveness, managing expectations, changing self-talk, improving optimism, and learning to be more empathic should take an anger management class.
How do I know if Anger Management Classes are going to help?
There are several studies that show the effectiveness of anger management but most of these studies focus on inmate populations and not the general public.  The main criteria for our anger management classes to be effective are ones motivation to change.  If the participant recognizes that their behavior is problematic and they are seeking to learn how to improve it, our experience has been that anger management classes will help.  All of our interventions use evidenced based, empirically validated approaches.
How do I know if I have an “Anger Problem”?
The answer to this question could be rather long, but in short there are several ways to figure out if one has an anger problem.
  1. Do you notice physiological signs when you get angry that cause distress like feeling dizzy, nausea’s, out of breath, sweating, etc.
  2. Do you notice psychological signs when you get angry that cause distress like depression, anxiety, guilt, shame, irritated, etc.
  3. Does your anger last longer than you would like?
  4. Does your anger cause problems in relationships, such as allowing it to ruin a relationship with someone you loved or liked?
  5. Does your anger happen frequently?
  6. Do you get out of control when you get angry?
 If you are answering “yes” to many of these questions, then likely anger is a problem for you and you should get some help or a consultation.
Is Anger good or bad for your health?
Pervasive anger management problems will eventually cause some health problems either physical or psychological.  There is a direct connection between being constantly angry, competitive, and aggressive, and early heart disease. For example, recent research suggests that men who have poor anger management skills are more likely to suffer a heart attack before age 55 than their more emotionally controlled peers. A separate study indicated that older male subject’s hostility ratings (how hostile and irritable they tend to act towards others) predicted heart disease more accurately than other known risk factors including cholesterol, alcohol intake, cigarette smoking and being overweight.
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