How are anger control problems diagnosed?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine

Anger is a daily experience encountered in a number of interpersonal, family, and occupational situations. When Anger turns fury, rage, hostility, aggression and violence, in an uncontrollable manner and/or on a consistent basis, over time, it becomes a clinical disorder with symptoms and traits identified in the DSM-IV-TR Manual.

Your regular doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist can diagnose an anger control problem. Symptoms you are experiencing, as well as how you are feeling, will help your doctor diagnosis anger control problems. In addition, your behaviors, specifically how you deal with your angry feelings, will assist your doctor in identifying if your anger control is a problem. These individuals will look at how your anger affects you and those around you to determine if there is a problem with anger control.

Continue Learning about Anger Management

What Your Job Can Do to Your Heart
What Your Job Can Do to Your Heart
The funny thing about your heart not being in your job is that your job finds a way to affect your heart anyway. When researchers looked at men who fe...
Read More
How can an anger management contract help me control my anger?
Raychelle C. Lohmann, MS, LPCRaychelle C. Lohmann, MS, LPC
Signing an anger management contract is a way of making a commitment. It is like promising yours...
More Answers
How could someone who hurt me not be responsible for my anger?
Jacob TeitelbaumJacob Teitelbaum
In extreme cases, such as if somebody has purposely injured us or someone we love, it is hard to rem...
More Answers
How Can I Calm Down When I'm Angry?
How Can I Calm Down When I'm Angry?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.