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I want to ask what are the indicators for having an anger/anger

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I want to ask what are the indicators for having an anger/anger management issue?
Hi again Daisy,

From a mental health perspective, severe anger management would fit under the diagnosis of Intermittent Explosive Disorder so the symptoms are: aggressive episodes which are out-of-portion to the triggering event and usually result in damage to self, other or property. Her is a more detailed description;

Having said that, all people experience anger. It is about how the anger is expressed that is the issue. A person who is unable to express anger reasonably and rationally through the verbal mode would be in need of self calming and self-stopping strategies that one would call anger management. Irrational expression of anger is being verbally or physically aggressive.

I think I answered your question.....?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Yes! Thanks
Can you suggest anger management strategies or classes that are offered for it?
Hi again,

I am going to refer you to this link to the American Psychological Association page on anger management. It is very good and complete:
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Just want to clarify this:
How often should these episodes happen to classify the person as having an anger issue?
Once a week? Yearly? Or even of you did it once in your life that would put you in this anger problem category?
The episode lasts less than 30 minutes and there can be clusters of several in a week to weeks or even months between episodes. Several episodes should have occurred not just one. If it was just one, it would indicate that the person is able to hold back the aggressive urge and found strategies to avoid that impulse.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Oh interesting! So is this true that humans have a potential for this but if they can control then its not a problem? In other words, this is not a condition that only some people have but everyone has to fight that urge?
It is known as an impulse control disorder problem. Just as gambling and other addictions are an impulse control problem. So the aggressive impulse is more likely in some individuals (probably an area of brain affected that we do not understand yet). So not everyone is prone to this response. But people with the impulse control problem can control it.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
So then people who have this roblem find it harder to control anger than those who don't?
Yes but also...their anger impulse is stronger.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Ok makes sense
So when a person with the disorder controls it are they decreasing the anger impulse or just bearing/handling this increased impulse better?
(i m almost done with my follow-ups, but i can start another question with you if thats more appropriate?)
Yes, they manage the impulse better.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Ok thanks,

I'll rate this question and send you another one.