Perhaps, but if this anger is a change in behavior, then depression may be lurking in there as well.
Anger Management is about controlling aggression.
And it might work in the short term, but the long term consequences are an erosion of close relationships and prolonged periods of heightened stress (which are harmful to your health).
Relational Anger often hides deeper pain.
Stop. Read that sentence again.
In our culture, men are raised to express three emotions: anger, contentment and pride. That doesn't mean that we don't feel lost, sad, afraid, in doubt, or isolated, just that it's not ok to talk about it. Or maybe even to think about it.
Learning to get in touch with those deeper, more vulnerable emotions is necessary step to creating lasting change in your behavior.
Now, if your response is to say, "Yeah, but if only she would...", you are following a false trail. You have no power there. Look to your own boundaries, your own behaviors. This is where you can create change.
Depression effects how your brain manages anger and aggression.
Depression, however, has a dampening effect on the frontal lobe, resulting in decreased inhibition. In other words, if you find yourself getting angry faster or to smaller events, depression may be playing a role.
Yeah, ok, but I don't feel sad. How can I be depressed?
Depression doesn't always look the way we think it should. For many, the primary symptom is increased anger. Even when other symptoms like prolonged sadness, loss of interest in hobbies, or social withdrawal aren't present.
This is not something you can afford to ignore.
Depression doesn't always go away on it's own. You can lose years of your life to depression. You can destroy important relationships while caught in the negative feedback loop in your brain.
You deserve a better life than that.
With or without medication, therapy can help decipher the message of your anger. With greater understanding you can lower stress, curb aggression and protect your relationships. You can develop a more positive, engaged and satisfying life.