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Nancy, Psychotherapist
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What could be the cause of "inappropriate anger"? My 19 year

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What could be the cause of "inappropriate anger"? My 19 year old daughter will be fine and all of a sudden get angry at the slightest thing. My mother is like this also, could it be genetic.. What to do about it.?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Nancy replied 8 years ago.
lt;p>Hi,</p><p> </p><p>Anger is a symptom of another issue. What that might be, is impossible to say without doing a face-to-face evaluation. Possibilities include depression, bipolar, drug or alcohol use, prescription medication use, anger control issues, or other emotional problems. Her chronic pain certainly contributes, I am sure.</p><p> </p><p>She could consult with a psychiatrist for a medication evaluation. Someone may be able to prescribe a medication that would help, such as an antidepressant or mood stabilizer.</p><p> </p><p>Nancy</p>
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
She does not have drug or alcohol issues, I do know that. I believe this is a genetic condition as she has been this way since toddler age, would medication help if it was a genetic condtion or a "chemical inba***** *****ke problem?" Acutally her GP gave her Cymbalta for her back pain , which she has been taking for about 6 months. It has really done nothing.
Expert:  Nancy replied 8 years ago.
lt;p>Hi,</p><p> </p><p>The Cymbalta is a good choice, but she may not be on the right dose.</p><p> </p><p>In my 20+ years of experience, I rarely see a GP that prescribes psychotropic drugs properly. You will want to consult with a psychiatrist if you want to really get this right. These meds can be tricky.</p><p> </p><p>ANd medication may not be the only answer here - she may need to take come anger management classes to learn what her triggers are, and how to deal with them.</p><p> </p><p>There is no genetic component to anger - there would have to be a gene for anger for that to be so, and there isn't. We consider that anger responses are learned from other people, or it's a temperament issue. The treatment though is the same - she will need to do the work to control it as much as she can - the medication will help, but won't cure it.</p><p> </p><p>Nancy :-)</p>