What causes problems with anger control?

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If there are underlying mental health problems present then controlling anger may not be easy. One problem such as Intermittent Explosive Disorder is a mental health condition that is beyond just the scope of anger. 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 or physical medical condition.

Other mental and physical conditions that may manifest in anger include, but are not limited to:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Substance Abuse
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Epilepsy
  • Alzheimer's

People get angry for a variety of reasons such as stress, use of drugs, and hormonal changes. Repressing your feelings over time so that they build up inside of you can also cause you to explode in ways that are not normal. Being angry is not necessarily bad but when it causes problems, learning anger control techniques are necessary. Problems with controlling your anger are typically learned throughout your life.

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