Signs that anger is excessive and a problem include:
Feeling angry or irritable most
of the time
Feeling angry without a specific provocation
Becoming very angry due to small frustrations
Becoming physically violent when angry
Becoming verbally abusive when angry
Anger that interferes with sleep
Becoming angry almost every day
Repetitive negative consequences due to anger outbursts
There are many reasons for excessive anger. Let’s
discuss a few of the most common.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
ADD is one of the most common causes of excess
anger. With ADD the person reacts to minor frustrations with temper outbursts.
The anger comes and goes quickly, usually without much “continuous” feeling
Excessive anger is usually just one of several
other problems experienced by persons with ADD, including:
span for non-entertaining
but important activities
(daydreams during class lecture; inattentive
memory for non-entertaining tasks (forgets to
turn in completed homework; forgets two
three items on a to-do list)
off tasks to the last minute
many projects, but leaves
memory of what was read
(cannot answer questions over reading
impulse control (speaks or acts too
quickly without thinking through the
and intolerance of waiting
and angry outbursts
sudden “mood swings;” gets overly excited,
or overly “down” or angry
Persons with ADD have at least four of these symptoms,
and most will have had some problem with them since childhood (although
problems may be worse in adulthood with increased stress). The symptoms
tend not to come and go, but are typical of the person’s “normal personality.”
ADD is usually due to genetic causes resulting in
low dopamine functioning in the front of the brain, although
it occasionally arises with no family history of ADD.
ADD is very treatable, with at least 80% improvement
in most cases. Medications to increase the normal biochemical dopamine
are the most powerful treatment for ADD. These medications are safe at
all ages. Effective treatment of the ADD usually relieves 80% to 90% of
the problem with excessive anger.
For more information on ADD, please see our handout
Attention Deficit Disorder.
Clinical depression may be even more common
than ADD as a cause of excessive anger. Here, the person typically feels
angry or irritated most of the time with a feeling of “pent-up anger.”
Others can perceive the anger in tone of voice and body language. Occasionally
the person will vent the anger with a minor provocation.
Usually, clinical depression comes and goes,
although it may persist for many months at a time. Some persons suffer
from clinical depression for years or even lifelong. Other symptoms
of clinical depression include:
A feeling of sadness or a “blue”
Irritability, excessive anger, temper outbursts
Low self-esteem, self-criticism
Too tearful, excessive crying
Loss of motivation, low enthusiasm
Loss of enjoyment, little fun, little pleasure
A sense of hopelessness, no way improve things
Sleep disorders—too little or too much
Appetite disorders—too much or too little
Withdrawal from family, friends, co-workers
Poor concentration, difficulty making decisions
Loss of creativity, difficulty solving problems
Anxiety, nervousness, panic attacks
Chronic aches and pains, gastrointestinal disorders
Premenstrual symptoms, PMS
Loss of sex drive or sexual enjoyment
Increased alcohol or drug use
Work or career stagnation or failure
Suicidal thoughts or wishes for death
Clinical depression is usually due to genetically
low function of the brain biochemicals serotonin or norepinephrine.
When problems don’t arise until after age 40 years, the main cause
may be excessive stress that interferes with serotonin and norepinephrine.
Clinical depression is very treatable with safe,
non-addictive medications that increase the levels of serotonin or norepinephrine.
Treatment usually improves excess anger by 80% to 90%.
For more information on clinical depression, see
our brochure Clinical Depression.
Some personalities are prone to excessive
anger. Persons who have a high need for orderliness, punctuality, and
control are prone to excessive anger. Persons who are easily offended
or slighted are also prone to excessive anger. Persons who have a very
impulsive personality are prone to excessive anger.
Personality-based excessive anger can also be treated
successfully with medications. These medications are safe and non-addictive.
Should you seek an evaluation?
If you, or your loved-one, suffer from
excessive anger for more than 3 weeks in a row, then you should seek
Carefully read the symptoms of ADD and clinical depression. If more
than 3 symptoms are present most of the time, you should seek an evaluation.If
excessive anger is damaging your marriage or job, you should seek an
Does insurance cover treatment?
About Tate Healthcare Specialists
Most of the time, excessive anger will be due
to a condition that is covered by your health insurance.
Founded in 1993, THS treats conditions
due to brain chemical imbalances. Through a combination of medications
and counseling the clinicians at THS treat overweight, ADD, clinical
depression, anxiety, and Alzheimers.
Our philosophy is to use state-of-the-art skills
and to give great customer service, combined with high-level public
By the way, an independent audit recently showed
that the total cost of treatment at Tate Healthcare Specialists is 35%
less than the Arkansas statewide average. I believe this is because
we are more accurate in our evaluation and diagnosis and we use state-of-the-art
treatment. Most health insurance will reimburse 50% to 80% of our
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