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We all deal with anger, but when someone reacts in the extreme or with violence, it could be that person is dealing with anger issues. Those of us who have consistent trouble keeping their anger in check may even have what is referred to as Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED).
Anger is a basic human emotion, and it is healthy to experience and express anger. However, there is also a line that should rarely, if ever, be crossed. And consistent expression of anger that includes rage, verbal tirades, or any type of physical expression (including bodily harm to anyone or anything else, including animals) is a sign that something needs to be addressed.
Often, those who experience anger issues or IED are dealing with other conditions, such as anxiety or depression. Substance abuse can also foster or emphasize a person’s expression of anger. And there are other factors that could trigger anger issues, such as brain trauma.
Most often, you will see anger issues in men, most commonly in men aged 20-30. However, it can also present in young people, most often revealing itself just prior to or during adolescence.
The good news is that consistent and targeted treatment, including traditional psychiatry, can do much to mitigate anger issues and IED.