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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.

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