Anger Disorder – Its Origins, Problem Symptoms, and Effects on the Body and Health.
By Albertus Sargent
What is Anger Disorder
Anger disorders are very prevalent in these current and stressful times throughout the world today coming from unemployment to dating problem issues. Anger is a response that is a normal emotion built into human beings. It was used to help early humans to survive. Anger has a close relationship to fear in the form of survival mode, which many speak of as “Fight or Flight” syndrome. When under attack a response was needed. The difference between normal anger and anger disorders is as great as comparing normal fear to panic attacks. Most feelings are normal; it is what is done with those feelings that is the problem. If anger becomes aggression or hostility, then it is uncontrolled anger. Rage is a form of an anger disorder that has gone out of control.
Types of Anger Disorders
There are several types of anger disorders that can cause difficulties to the individual who experiences them. The first type of an anger disorder would include anger that is disproportionate to what the situation calls for. A situation where an individual with an anger disorder would react more violently than an individual who had normal anger emotions would react. A second type of anger disorder would be when negative memories of past events can’t be resolved. Anger is unresolved and can grow into a silent and vengeful anger. There is a type of anger that has no cause at all. This type of anger is a sign of an anger disorder, because normal anger usually has a cause. Often substance abuse or a neurological disorder can be a source of losing the ability to control angry feelings.
Anger Disorder Effects on Body
Anger disorders can take a toll on the health of an individual in several ways. Negative stress caused by uncontrolled anger can lead to physical problems such as, depression, stomach problems, headaches, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The individual with an anger disorder will show physical differences in the countenance of their face. The eyebrow muscles will tilt downward, along with eyes glaring, teeth clenched, frowning face and nostrils flaring outward are all physical features that can change in an angry display. Sometimes the individual’s voice will rise to high pitch or yell and scream.
Anger Disorder Treatment
Impulsive feelings can be out of control and desiring to attack the anger source is a real danger. When the anger is so strong it causes a need for action to erupt, usually a violent action. Rage is in full control at this point. There is also a need to understand that suppressing anger is not healthy for an individual with an anger disorder. Hostility is found in some individuals who bury their anger so deep within, that is can cause heart disease or fatal heart failure. The key again is balance. Learning to cope with anger through anger management or whatever method a physician might find helpful.
If one is experiencing anger disorders or wants to keep anger in check before it becomes a full blown disorder, a visit to a physician is first step. Sometimes something physical could be causing the problem. If nothing is found physically, then the physician can advise about other methods of counseling or therapy to help. The first real step is to find out if it is normal human anger at an issue or an anger disorder that interrupts daily life. Knowledge is more powerful than the anger within.