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What are the most common symptoms of anger disorders?

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Common symptoms of anger disorders include physical and verbal aggression that are displayed through angry verbal outbursts, physically attacking people or objects, damaging property, and road rage. Diagnosis of anger disorders requires displays of at least three episodes of impulsive aggressiveness. For people who suffer from anger disorders, these episodes occur without any apparent provocation or reason, according to Valley Behavioral Health System.

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Although not easily apparent to an observer, nonbehavioral symptoms of are also present in anger disorders. Sufferers often endure physical symptoms such as headaches and feelings of pressure in the head, muscle tension, chest tightness, palpitations and tremors. Cognitive symptoms are also usually present, such as a low frustration tolerance, a feeling of loss of control over thoughts, or having racing thoughts, states Valley Behavioral Health System. Psychosocial symptoms of anger disorders involve feelings of rage, uncontrollable irritability, or brief periods of emotional detachment.

The symptoms of anger disorders can be similar to symptoms of various other mental disorders. Some of these disorders may co-occur with the anger disorder: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and bipolar disorder. Anxiety and depressive disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder also have symptoms that mirror an anger disorder. People with anger disorders may be predisposed to suffering these other mental disorders, reports Valley Behavioral Health System.

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