Management techniques for managing anger after brain injury

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Dr. Samantha Backhaus talks about anger management strategies.

This content is made possible by a partnership between the Indiana University School of Medicine and WETA/BrainLine.

The contents of this video were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems 90DP0036 and 90DRTB0002. NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this video do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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M CJS says:

Sorry, but all these techniques may help with normal anger but none work with my anger following brain injury. My anger doesn't respond to things like this. It's too violently overwhelming and changing conscious thoughts do.I get appallingly angry instantly. I haven't found anything that helps.

Mister Bowers says:

My lover and I argue all the time. Every day! I went to jail for a night and half a day. Me, a person with a head injury,I could of died from my head injury. When I'm mad at him, I don't think about anything except hit. He's such an asshole at times. He's never wrong. Any advice? I don't want to be alone.

Bill Youmans says:

Excellent. Very useful. And I don’t have brain injury

Mag r1077 says:

I find myself angry because I have no help after tbi Idid not know I had an injury and no one around me knew me before enough to know I wasn't just an angry person. I think it's too late to get help 11 years later

john large says:

i sustained a right frontal fracture and experienced emotional/brain filter/impulse control disturbances so aweful that i have spent the last 5 of 6 years in jail…7 of the last 13. i am currently on PAROLE to a mental health treatment facility until i can be released to the community, which can be arbitrary…a judgment call that is controlled by a prejudiced, biased, bigotted, and CORRUPTED Judicial system that IGNORES the cognitive and behavioral problems with TBI. I am a Penn State grad with a degree in NUCLEAR Engineering…graduated first…3.87 GPA…and now i am a dummy…arguably !! i am a 1ST victim of TBI abuse, and a 2ND victim of JUDICIAL ABUSE. all in pursuit of Custody of my children. They have been taken from me and i am angry….VERY ANGRY. Your "radical deescalation strategies" do NOT help because IT IS THE WORST POSSIBLE THING THAT COULD HAPPEN !!! so, death doesn't even compare to what i feel. i wish i had died 22 yrs ago – 10-5-97, my life has been a fucking mess since. what can you do to help me ???…from acting on impulses that will lead to more jail or institutionalization, ponting me in the right direction, restoring Custody, regaining SOME sort of a life, rebuilding reputation ((Google my name…read and weep…story doesn't tell the half of the BULLSHIT of JUDICIAL ABUSE)), restoring self-esteem/self-worth, with relationships….as i have NO ONE now !!! Family and friends have completely abandoned me and maintain total distance…. Where to go from here ???

1977linda says:

Strategies to calm yourself down while angry include:
1) counting down from 10
2) deep breathing
3) repeating a motto to yourself that calms you or helps you let go such as "don't sweat the small stuff", "it isn't worth it", or "it is what it is"
4) Following the "so what?" strategy which is asking yourself so what questions such as "So what? Is this the worst thing that can happen to me?"
5) Or you can let your loved ones that you are practicing anger management techniques. While you are calm, tell loved ones that you are trying new techniques to control your anger and that you will put your hand up when you get to a 6 or 7 and that will signal that we have to stop the argument

Everything Awesome says:

I need your class. It's hard when you've been abused so much and you have chronic easy temper

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