Anger Problems & Disorders: Symptoms & Treatment

Instructor: Karin Gonzalez

Karin has taught middle and high school Health and has a master's degree in social work.

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of anger and anger disorders. You will learn about four prominent anger disorders: oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and intermittent explosive disorder.

What's an Anger Problem?

Anger is a feeling of intense aggravation, annoyance, or irritation about or towards something or someone. It's important to note that anger is a completely normal emotion that is rooted from our body's natural 'flight or fight' tendency to protect ourselves from any perceived threats. But when unhealthy outward displays of anger negatively impact your mental state, work, relationships, and life in general, it can be labeled as an anger problem.

Anger problems can range from a mild irritation that leads to passive aggressiveness (being angry with someone but not expressing your feelings to them in a healthy manner; instead, anger is delivered through indirect manners, such as sarcasm or procrastination) to a state of being enraged that leads to violence. Many disorders are rooted in anger. Let's take a look at a few.

What Is an Anger Disorder?

Anger disorders are destructive, enraged, violent, or self-harming behaviors that are symptomatic of underlying and/or suppressed anger. Anger disorders occur as a result of destructive thinking patterns and/or a person's inability to control his or her anger, which often results in threatening body language, speech, or physical violence. Here are the typical anger disorders along with their symptoms and treatment approaches.

Anger Disorders in Kids and Teens

When a child has a recurrent anger problem, they are often diagnosed with an anger disorder which is usually Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder. Following are the details surrounding these two disorders.

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