Anger Disorder - Definition, Signs & Symptoms, Treatment (Anger Management)

Anger is a common & natural emotion that people of all ages experience in certain conditions & from time to time. It is an automatic emotion characterized by a hard response to threats or pain of any form. People while experiencing anger always show some changes in physical health such as increase in heart rate & adrenaline, redness on face & ears & sudden increase in blood pressure.

Anger Disorder - Definition, Signs & Symptoms, Treatment (Anger Management)

Anger Disorder - Definition, Signs & Symptoms, Treatment (Anger Management)

According to some experts & studies, Anger is an integral component of human body's "Fight, Freeze or Flight" (FFF) system that warns & protects us from different threats & dangers.

A limited anger is a good thing & important for our physical & emotional well-being but when it becomes unmanageable, It can have serious negative consequences on personal & social well-being. It may affect the quality of life by causing problems in relationships, leading to physical violence, causing chronic mental illness & psychological disorders.

A psychological condition in which people find it difficult to control or manage their anger, causing them to do such actions that they often regret, is known as Anger disorder or Intermittent Explosive Disorder or IED.

People having Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) always experience high levels of unwarranted anger with sudden outbursts of rage & show impulsive, aggressive & violent type behavior.

Signs and Symptoms Of Anger Disorder (IED)

Intermittent Explosive Disorder or simply IED is characterized by aggressive & impulsive behaviors. While vandalizing properties, always in fighting mood, throwing objects, domestic abuse, road rage are common signs of having Intermittent Explosive Disorder, some other signs of having IED include :

  • Shouting loudly without any reason
  • Always in fighting mood
  • High temper & rampages
  • Road rage
  • Vandalizing properties
  • Fights & quarrels
  • Punching walls & throwing objects
  • Violent behavior
  • Physical assaults
  • Threatening others
  • Slapping loved ones for no reason
  • Having headaches often
  • Increase in physical energy
  • Chest tightness
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle tension
  • Getting tremors often
  • Irritability & tingling
  • Palpitations
  • Redness on Face
  • Irritability & Frustration

Treatment For Anger Disorder (Anger Management)

Anger Disorder - Definition, Signs & Symptoms, Treatment (Anger Management)

Anger Disorder - Definition, Signs & Symptoms, Treatment (Anger Management)

Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) is a chronic psychological disorder that can last for years, although the symptoms may decrease with the age. 

Intermittent Explosive Disorder or Anger Disorder can be treated by using a single treatment option but keeping in view the severity of symptoms, your doctor may prescribe a combination of treatments in order to get you rid of this illness.

There are several treatment options available that are effective in treating this psychological condition. Some of the treatments that have been proven effective against this disorder include : 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) involves tracing of IED symptoms & using coping skills & relaxation techniques in order to deal with the aggressive & impulsive behaviors. This may be helpful in reducing IED symptoms including anger, aggression & violent behavior.


There is no specific medicine for the treatment of Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), however certain medications may be helpful in reducing its symptoms. These medications include :

  • Mood Stabilizers
  • Anti-depressants
  • Anti-psychotic drugs
  • Anti-anxiety drugs

Fluoxetine is most popular & widely used drug which has been proven effective in treating patients having IED symptoms.

Self-help Tips

  • A good diet
  • Sleeping enough
  • Avoiding nicotine, drugs & alcohol
  • Reducing stress
  • Physical activeness
  • Spending time in relaxing activities
  • Spending time with loved ones

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