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Re: What to do about flying off the handle? sleepygirl2

Posted by Dinah on July 26, 2012, at 10:30:10

In reply to What to do about flying off the handle?, posted by sleepygirl2 on July 26, 2012, at 8:46:59

Risperdal works best for me from a pharmaceutical standpoint. Klonopin just makes me sleepy.

For behavioral fixes, I find one obsession often counters another. For me that might be endless mindless phone games. For another it might be something else. Some lucky people can exercise the obsessive quality out of their thoughts.

My therapist would say that meditation with calming phrases would help. Or visualizing the anger leaving your body.

For obsessions in general, making fun of them often works for me. And generally, with the bit of distance that Risperdal provides, I can find something to laugh at in myself. But that might work less well for anger, unless you can detect a certain amount of irony in your anger. For example, I sometimes find myself getting spitting mad about intolerance, and exaggerate my response so that I'm mentally jumping up and down shouting "I cannot tolerate intolerance!!" Finding something amusing in the other person's stance can also work.

Hope something in there gave you an idea. Just discard the rest.

Oh, there's a book I really like. I particularly like the part about singing the intrusive thoughts.

"Stop Obsessing!"

 

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