Yes, having a problem controlling your anger may be an indication of another mental health issue. Anger is often the result of many built-up feelings over time. It is often a symptom of many other issues such as depression or addictions. It can also indicate a problem such as intermittent explosive disorder or a substance abuse problem.
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Raychelle Lohmann, MS, LPC, Psychology, answered
Yes. One mental health diagnosis attributed to anger is Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). It is an impulse control disorder which typically begins in late childhood and persists through the middle years of life.
According to the DSM IV-TR, a diagnosis of IED requires: several episodes of impulsive behavior that result in serious damage to either persons or property, wherein the degree of the aggressiveness is grossly disproportionate to the circumstances or provocation, and the episodic violence cannot be better accounted for by another mental (i.e., Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Conduct Disorder, A Manic Episode, or aren't attributed to the use of a substance) or physical medical condition (i.e., Traumatic Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's, or other medical conditions that are related to violent behavior).
The diagnosis of IED should be made by conducting a comprehensive examination. For example, mental health professionals should collect personal history from the client and oftentimes family members and friends to get a better understanding of the client's behavior. Next, information should be gathered from sources such as developmental, medical, psychological and/or educational records. Finally, psychiatric interview is conducted to assess the affective and behavioral symptoms in relation to the criteria listed in the DSM-IV. Intermittent Explosive Disorder is given as a diagnosis when a person has had at least three incidences of being aggressive that is defined as "grossly out of proportion to any precipitating psychosocial stressor."