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Anger Management board

Hi! I'm new to this board. But, I wanted to get some input from other people. I'm 18 years old and I've thought that I've had anger issues/anxiety problems for a long time now. Recently, I've figured out that it's me and not other people. When I first started noticing this I wasn't sure if there was something wrong with me or if it was just specific people. So I wanted to share some of my stories and get opinions on what I should do.

I'm very easily angered. Anything can set me off. My boyfriend is the number one person I argue with since we're around each other so much. He can make a comment and it just rubs me the wrong way and I'll freak out. I'm so tired of getting angry about everything. But, I just can't seem to help it.

When I get angry, I blow up. When someone angers me I will let them know, and I feel like I'm blowing everything out of proportion, but I just can't help myself. It like, I know I'm going to blow up but I feel like if I don't get it out I'm going to end up exploding and it will be 10x worse.

I've been asking myself these past couple of days if maybe I should be on some sort of medication. My boyfriend and I are moving in together in a few months and I really want to get this under control, because I feel like if I don't it's only going to get worse.

Is anyone here on medication. If so, what kind. I've been talking with my parents and they think getting on Prozac or Paxil isn't a good idea. They think it's too early in my life to be messing with that type of medication. So, I was just wondering, if you are on medication, what are you on? And, how has it worked for you.

Both of you I would strongly advise to not go on medication at this point.

Effective counselling is most likely what will help you, a hundred times more than any chemical substance can.

Unless you have an actual, genuine mental disorder or imbalance, meds will only mask the problems...which stem from your ineffective ability to deal with stress/anger/fear/sadness/feelings of being out of control in your life/insecurity/self-hatred/guilt, etc...all of which = pain. So you lash out in a destructive way at others and by doing so, also at yourself. Because you know that when you behave like this, you hurt yourself by hurting others.

Medication will help this. It'll dull you, that's why. But do you want that?

You're aware that even though these days the meds aren't so addictive or anything, once you begin using them, you may as well just keep using them forever because unless you get counselling and work out WHY you can't handle your feelings and express yourself in this dysfunctional way, if you ever went off them, your problems would still be there, the same as always...this is unless you grow out of them in the meantime, whilst on the medication. I don't know how old you are...but I'll say that you most likely wouldn't really be doing a lot of soul searching/growing etc if taking these meds.

You need to work out why you feel like this, and secondly, why you behave this way. A lot of people feel bad, overwhelmingly bad in fact, the same as you...but they don't channel it this way like you do.

I speak from experience. I have these outbursts too, and was offered valium, prozac, etc 10 years ago when I was 18 by a druggie friend, but knew that no meds would help me so I threw them away. Only finding out why I behave this way will, and I'm improving all the time.