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USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/anger-disorder 11/19, Jayson) reports, “Anger is considered a factor in mental illnesses, such as depression, but it is not an official disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.” Nevertheless, “anger expert” Raymond DiGiuseppe, PhD, of “St. John’s University in Queens, NY, is among those who say a new ‘anger disorder’ diagnosis is warranted for people experiencing excessive or uncontrolled anger.” Still, “anger is not all negative, psychologists caution.” Pointing out that “anger signals a need that is not being filled,” clinical psychologist Robert Allan, PhD, of Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, stated, “The question is how you express it.”

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That_Makes_Me_AngryCNN (5/26, Landau) reported that “psychiatrists do have some sense of why some people ‘snap’ and become violent.” While, for some, “a person’s snap into violence may come as a total surprise, in most cases there is a psychological buildup to that point,” explained psychiatrist Peter Ash, MD, of Emory University. Dr. Ash pointed out that the “pathway to violence…starts with some thinking and then fantasizing about a plan.” Then, “the fantasy of killing others may turn into intention, leading the person to track victims and obtain weapons,” Dr. Ash added. According to forensic psychiatrist Lyle Rossiter, MD, “the psychological buildup to a violent outburst with the intent to kill usually takes a minimum of a few days.” Other “clear risk factors to snapping, psychiatrists say…include brain tumors, seizures, alcohol and drug abuse, and psychosis stemming from schizophrenia or other disorders.” Brain injuries may also increase “the risk of violent and aggressive behavior,” as do “feelings of being hopeless, ashamed, and trapped,” said psychiatrist Charles Raison, MD, also of Emory University.

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