“This could mean more people are seeking help, but we know that domestic violence is increasing: eight women on average are killed a month. Workplace stress is also rising, and where there’s stress, there’s anger,” commented director of BAAM, Mike Fisher.
BAAM have seen a particularly large increase in the number of individuals calling who are in relationships with rageaholics – an individual who is addicted to adrenaline release of intense anger. Research has estimated that an alcoholics behaviour effects an average of around 17 other people, including friends, family and colleagues with rageaholics now having similar repercussions.
Eighty per cent of people who call BAAM are in relationships with rageaholics and the majority of them are looking for advice on how to convince their partner that they have an issue which requires professional help.
Further to this, a BAAM study recently revealed that of the 715 participants, 84 per cent had been subject to verbal and emotional abuse in the last two years and 36 per cent more women had been abused than men.
It would seem that anger is an issue which has played on most of our minds at some point, with a 2009 survey from the Mental Health Foundation finding that 28 per cent of adults felt concerned about how angry they felt at times and 32 per cent had a friend or relative they considered to have ‘problems dealing with anger’.
Unfortunately today’s system of dealing with anger issues has more than a few loop holes, with GPs often turning patients asking for help away until they have actually committed a crime.
In a bid to improve mental well-being the government has recently announced that it will be pumping £400m into improving modern psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy. If you would like more information on counselling for anger management and how it may be able to help you then please visit our fact-sheet.