Monday, October 05, 2015

What is anger disorder?

The common English language definition of anger is, ‘A strong passion or emotion of displeasure or antagonism, excited by a real or supposed injury or insult to one’s self or others or by the intent to do such injury.’

Kennedy in 1992 wrote that, Anger is an affective state experienced as s motivation to act in ways that warm, intimidate or attack those who are perceived as a challenging or threatening’.

Anger is accompanied by physical reactions. These include changes in arousal increased muscle tension and changes in hormone and neurotransmitter functioning.

These physiological reactions lead o the ‘pumped up’ or ‘flushed’ feeling people often have when angry. When the person are angry heart pounds, muscle tense and the person clench his jaw or fists as he experience an impulse to do something with this physical energy.

Some individuals experience anger arousal as pleasurable, while others find its strong physical manifestations scary and unpleasant.

Much of the clinical literature in anger involves discussions of anger as part of depression or anxiety. Many theorists, researchers and therapists view anger as part of these emotions or as secondary to these emotions and not as a separate emotion.

Regarding anxiety, both anger and anxiety are responses to a threat. Psychotherapists often suggest that when a patient is angry, the anger is secondary to anxiety.
What is anger disorder?

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