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Managing anger

Dr Sarah Edelman

Anger is a common response to situations that are perceived as bad or unfair.  While it is adaptive in some situations (for instance, in motivating assertive communication or action) it can also be a very damaging response, both for the individual and the people in their lives.  Poorly controlled anger can lead to interpersonal conflict and relationship breakdown, problems at work, poor parenting, substance abuse, aggression in some cases violence.  Unresolved anger can lead to depression or complicate treatment for existing mental health problems.  It may also be a risk factor for physical health problems such as cardiac disease.

Patients with anger problems frequently present to GPs.  In this presentation Sarah describes different types of anger (including acute anger episodes and long term resentment), and will present some practical strategies that GPs can use with patients to help them manage it more effectively.

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Sydney, Australia, May 2007.
Webcast to the Australian College of Psychological Medicine.
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Dr Sarah Edelman

Sarah Edelman, PhD. is an author, lecturer and a psychologist in private practice. She worked for many years as a research psychologist at the University of Technology Sydney, and has published several articles on the use of CBT with cancer patients. Sarah is currently a part time lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney, and conducts regular workshops on the use of CBT at the Centre for Continuing Education at University of Sydney. She also conducts workshops for mental health practitioners and employees in industry, and provides training for psychologists at the Black Dog Institute, Sydney. Sarah is a frequent guest on 702 ABC radio, and has contributed many articles on popular psychology topics in the mainstream media. In 2002, Sarah published a book, now in its second edition, titled ‘Change your Thinking – positive and practical ways to overcome stress, negative emotions and self defeating behaviour using CBT.’ 

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