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What can I do to avoid anger with TBI?

Anger is a natural reaction to traumatic brain injury, but how you respond to the anger can vary. Some people with TBI use the anger in a positive manner, others ignore it, and still others let angry feelings consume their whole being.

In order to cope with the anger and irritability, it helps to understand these feelings better. Anger is an emotion that everyone is entitled to feel at times, but it can destroy your health if not expressed in a positive manner. If anger is consuming your entire day, realize that you need to find some avenues for changing this. If your anger gets out of control on a “bad” day, stop immediately and apologize to those around you. Write down on paper the situations or persons who create angry feelings in you. Try to avoid getting into these situations if you feel you might explode. Ask your doctor to recommend a professional who can give you some tools for coping with angry feelings that happen with traumatic brain injuries.

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