Anger & Depression

Anger not only devastates personal lives, it can also have extremely negative effects in the workplace.

Anger can often lead to bullying, mental cruelty, conflict, or even physical violence, while depression disrupts everyday activities and is a major cause of poor performance and absenteeism.

Cavenagh’s approach allows employers to go beyond the legislative requirements of helping employees to recognise and control their anger and seek treatment for their depression. Cavenagh enables employers to offer troubled employees immediate and confidential access to local qualified consultants, helping them overcome these negative thoughts and emotions and assisting them to reach their true potential both in their professional and personal lives.

Understanding anger

Depression shouldn’t be confused with sadness. Sadness passes but depression can last for years.

Anger is a natural emotional response to danger that prepares the body to attack a perceived threat. However, when the threats are incorrectly identified, anger ceases to be a protective force and becomes destructive to your life and your relationships. Mismanaged anger is a major cause of conflict in the work place and at home, violence and rage being it’s most severe manifestations. Rage is an explosive, violent response to anger and is typically disproportionate to the distress of the precipitating event.



Depression is a condition that takes many forms and that shouldn’t be confused with sadness. Sadness passes whereas depression can persist for years. To make matters worse, it’s a condition that can be difficult to understand for those who have never suffered from it. This can lead to a lack of patience, further increasing the sufferer’s sense of alienation.

Where does it come from? It could be triggered by a traumatic event, like a bereavement or illness or caused by severe stress from mounting debt. At times there is no obvious trigger which can be confusing and frustrating for both the sufferer and their friends and family. Depression should be treated as an illness which can be cured, rather than dismissed as a character flaw.


Case Histories

“After my marriage broke up I couldn’t focus at work Cavenagh helped me let go of the past, enabling me to move forward, full of confidence and optimism.”

James, Civil Servant

Managing Anger

Recognising that an individual has an anger problem is a major breakthrough. What’s then needed is some professional help in understanding where the anger comes from and how to control it. Cavenagh specialists work with individuals to help recognise and clear the negative emotions and thought patterns which have built-up over the years and to indentify the situations that typically trigger their anger.

Symptoms of Depression

Key symptoms can be:

  • Lowered mood
  • Loss of interest
  • Lowered energy levels
  • Concentration problems
  • Difficulty undertaking the simplest tasks
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Feeling alienated
  • Difficulty eating
  • Increasingly negative thought patterns
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