Dr. Dwight Norwood, PhD, LICSW

What Is Anger?

"Anger is a very powerful emotion that can stem from feelings of frustration, hurt, annoyance, or disappointment. It is a normal human emotion that can range from slight irritation to strong rage." - WebMD

Need Anger Management Treatment?

I am a Certified Anger Management Specialist-II, accepted by all court systems in the U.S. for mandated anger management treatment. I am the only certified anger management specialist in the Burlington area listed in the National Anger Management Asociation directory.

What Are the Dangers of Suppressed Anger?

Suppressed anger can be an underlying cause of anxiety and depression. Anger that is not appropriately expressed can disrupt relationships, affect thinking and behavior patterns, and create a variety of physical problems. Chronic (long-term) anger has been linked to health issues such as high blood pressure, heart problems, headaches, skin disorders, and digestive problems. In addition, anger can be linked to problems such as crime, emotional and physical abuse, and other violent behavior.

What Steps Can I Take to Help Manage Anger?"

You can learn techniques to manage anger; there are evidence-based anger management techniques which you can learn to help you manage your emotions, and even to harness them in a positive way.  While anger management is frequently a men's issue, it can affect women, too.  No one has a perfect childhood, and often the model we observe and learn for managing our emotions is not a healthy one.  This can result in domestic violence or self-destructive behaviors, such as risk-taking and substance abuse.

Sometimes there are underlying issues left-over from childhood which can fuel anger or rage.  These can usually be dealt with in a few sessions through the use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy, used in conjunction with learning anger management techniques.