While the exploits of celebrities such as Charlie Sheen highlight the issue of anger control there has been little serious discussion about the treatment of persons who may have anger control problems. Part of the difficulty is that compared to other common emotional disorders associated with anxiety and depression, there is significantly less outcome research…

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The recent publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and the controversy surrounding the relevance and validity of the different categories of diagnoses would suggest that it may not be the appropriate time to consider other types of mental disorders. However, given the impact of anger problems…

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While the h edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) will be out shortly, there has been one diagnosis that has been associated with anger control problems and that has been intermittent explosive disorder (IED). Diagnosis The criteria for intermittent explosive disorder is as follows: • Several discrete episodes of failure…

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What we eat affects our physical health. What about our mental health? Research shows that diet does have an effect on emotions, mood, and behavior. Eating patterns and diet should be included as part of understanding an individual’s problems with anger. Improvement in Mood After Weight Loss Changes in diet can affect mood in the…

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Studies of anger and the brain are complex. Patterns of aggressive behavior match specific neural pathways. Research is beginning to explain individual reactions to anger and why these occur. Brain anatomy and neurotransmitters are two factors that interact to create and control angry feelings and thoughts. Research results will guide better treatment using targeted psychopharmacology…

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) receives more attention each year. The Centers for Disease Control data (2002 – 2006) shows that 1.7 million people a year experience a TBI. TBI is a factor in one third of all injury-related deaths. Concussions or mild TBIs account for 75% of head injuries each year. Definition TBI is defined…

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Prejudice and oppression deeply affect people. Research has focused on discrimination based on gender, race and ethnicity, less so on socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, degrees of disability and religious affiliation. Differences exist for each type of discrimination but fundamental dynamics and consequences are similar. People who are members of multiple groups face further complexities.…

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Anxiety and anger are two strong emotions that can feel unpleasant, overwhelming, even all-consuming. overlap and join in many of our reactions and share a number of characteristics. As with all emotions, both are necessary and serve a purpose. Anger is a sign of warning, prompting a reaction of warding off or self- protection. Without…

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