Anger can poke its head up at the strangest times in the hospital, and
for reasons that may not in other circumstances produce such a reaction:
petty annoyances, poorly prepared food, inattention, mechanistic care,
you name it, anger seems ready to emerge at the slightest provocation.
So what's it all about?
and its roots are much like an iceberg, 10% above the water and 90% below
it. The anger component of this mammoth structure is the tip that's visible.
That's all. What's below is a formidable complex of emotions that camouflage
as anger. And this giant icecube is the root of great deal of stress. It's
made up of fear, uncertainty, anxiety, insecurity, frustration, guilt,
depression, and that's just the beginning. These emotions find their expression
in anger, and anger, so released, creates more guilt, and a vicious cycle
of negative feelings follows.
what you can do about anger in the hospital:
that your angry feelings are normal...you are not a bad person for having
time analyzing the part of the iceberg under the water. If you increase
your awareness of its source, you gain more control over it.
developing mechanisms to relieve your feelings of anger, and to express
them in a productive manner.
a variety of activities
from your child regularly
focused breathing and relaxation
Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468
updated: November 14, 2004