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Signs and Symptoms of Anger Disorder

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Everyone feels anger at times. However, sometimes a person’s feelings and reactions surrounding anger can be extreme. This is a sign that anger disorder treatment is needed. An anger disorder is a mental health condition that results in an unhealthy or alarming response to a feeling of anger. Anger disorder treatment can provide healing. If you or a loved one are dealing with anger disorder, contact Silicon Beach Treatment Center at 213.460.1706 for information on treatment options.

What Is an Anger Disorder?

Anger is a normal human emotion. This can raise questions like “What is an anger disorder?” and “When does anger become a disorder?” Some people are able to deal with anger in healthy, constructive ways, and others struggle with it. However, some individuals experience a disordered response to these feelings. In these cases, anger can turn into aggression, causing fear and harm to others.

Excessive or uncontrollable anger often accompanies clinically diagnosable conditions, such as:

  • Conduct disorders
  • Intermittent explosive disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorders
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Substance use disorders

When a person’s anger response causes disruption or harm at home, work, or school, anger disorder treatment can help provide education and therapy to achieve a healthier response to dealing with anger.

Signs of Anger Disorder

Anger disorder comes with many signs and symptoms. It’s often characterized by an excessive or overwhelming response to anger.

Common behavioral signs of anger disorder include:

  • Shouting and swearing
  • Verbal abuse
  • Harming people or animals
  • Breaking or throwing objects
  • Anger disproportionate to the situation
  • Punishing behavior, such as the silent treatment
  • Coping with anger through isolation or self-harm

This condition takes a serious toll on relationships, especially between spouses or between children and parents. It can impact a person’s ability to maintain employment. In extreme cases, it can lead to financial and legal consequences like property destruction or physical assault charges.

Those with the disorder can also feel severe guilt or shame once the anger has passed. However, it doesn’t always involve extreme reactions like screaming at a spouse or punching a wall. For some people, it manifests in internal or passive forms.

Symptoms of Anger Disorders

A person can also experience an overwhelming physical response to anger. Bottling up anger is unhealthy and can lead to long-term physical, mental, and emotional health issues.

Physical symptoms that indicate an anger disorder include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive sweating
  • Upset stomach
  • Headache
  • Clenched jaw
  • Muscle tension
  • Shaking

These physiological reactions to anger indicate that treatment can provide relief. Treatment helps a client gain the ability to have a different response when anger triggers an extreme reaction.

How Is Anger Disorder Treated?

There are three recognized forms of anger disorder: external, internal, and passive. External anger disorder is the easiest to identify. The internal and passive forms may be less visible, but they can be just as destructive to a person’s mental health. In most cases, treatment involves counseling and therapy. The client gains insight into possible patterns or triggers that might worsen their reaction to anger. They learn strategies and coping mechanisms to help them moderate their responses to anger.

Clients being treated for anger disorder are guided to build new habits, identify triggers, and apply self-care strategies. This evidence-based approach to treatment helps significantly reduce the impact disordered anger has on a client’s life and relationships.

Find Treatment at Silicon Beach Treatment Center

Anger disorder takes a serious toll on a person’s well-being. It can harm relationships, impact employment, and lead to legal issues. Even when the effects are not extreme, treatment can free a client from the grip of uncontrollable anger. Relationships heal, and well-being improves with the help of treatment. Contact Silicon Beach Treatment Center at 213.460.1706 to discuss options for treatment.