Do You Need Medication for Anger?

Marie Miguel
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Anger is a normal human emotion we all experience. Some people can express anger healthily, while other people struggle to manage it. When anger gets out of control, it’s important to seek help to learn coping techniques. If you have anger management problems and you don’t find help, the consequences could be severe, resulting in legal issues and criminal activity. In this article, we’re going to discuss how to effectively manage your anger, express it without it taking over, and understand what treatments you might need to handle your angry feelings. Some people benefit from therapy, and others benefit from a combination of working with a therapist and taking medication. When you’re struggling with healthily expressing your anger, you might consider speaking to a psychiatrist and taking medication to help calm your temper. Using medication for anger problems is quite common. Let’s explore how it helps people cope with their feelings.

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Why medication works

Many mental health problems have explosive anger as a symptom. People who have bipolar disorder sometimes struggle with anger issues; it’s because a person with bipolar disorder copes with abrupt mood swings, and the shifts can make the individual feel agitated, which then (in turn) can result in outbursts of rage. When your rage is impacting you romantic relationship, that’s one reason to seek help. Your partner knows you best, and they will tell you how your anger hurts them. They might suggest you see a therapist or a psychiatrist. And they have a good point; seeing a psychiatrist when you have bipolar disorder or any mental illness that has anger as a symptom is extremely important. If you’re having angry outbursts, these could turn violent, whether or not you foresee it. Monitoring your anger levels is crucial. If you feel like you cannot control your temper, medication can help you to manage your mood swings better than you would by yourself.

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Explosive anger

Certain mental illnesses are known for having explosive outbursts of anger. For example, there’s IED (intermittent explosive disorder). With this mental health issue, the person has difficulty with outbursts of anger. They can see a professional t0 talk about what their triggers are and how they can learn to control their rage. It’s not necessarily about making the outburst stop, but realizing they are getting angry. Those who have borderline personality disorder may also struggle with managing strong emotions which include anger. Psychiatrists often recommend mood stabilizers to help them while they are learning emotional regulation, which they often learn in DBT (dialectical behavior therapy). Medication can help with these intense feelings.

Mindfulness

In addition to medication, being emotionally aware is crucial to managing rage and anger. Mindfulness is a powerful tool when it comes to anger. The person must be mindful that they are getting to the point where they see red, and then they can start to manage their anger. The trouble with explosive anger is that as much as the person tries, it might not be enough to use therapy. They could benefit from taking medication that will calm their brain down a little bit to take the edge off of those feelings of rage.

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PTSD and Anger

Many people who experience trauma struggle with anger. The things that happened to a trauma survivor were not in their control. That can make the individual feel angry and sometimes that anger takes over. They can work on those feelings with a licensed mental health professional, and medication can help them when they’re feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and anger. They may be able to handle dealing with their triggers without the use of medication, but it’s always an option to try it, and it might alleviate some of the distress while they’re working through their traumatic experiences.

Get Help

See a mental health professional to learn about your triggers and how to manage anger. Whether you’re working with someone online or in your local area, this person can help you find ways to cope. You may feel helpless to manage your feelings, but that’s why it’s essential to support now.

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