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    Understanding Anger Disorders

    ISBN-10: 0195170792
    ISBN-13: 9780195170795
    Edition: 2006
    Description: Since classical times, philosophers and physicians have identified anger as a human frailty that can lead to violence and human suffering, but with the development of a modern science of abnormal psychology and mental disorders, it has been written  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2006
    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Publication Date: 9/7/2006
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 432
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.584
    Language: English

    Since classical times, philosophers and physicians have identified anger as a human frailty that can lead to violence and human suffering, but with the development of a modern science of abnormal psychology and mental disorders, it has been written off as merely an emotional symptom and excluded from most accepted systems of psychiatric diagnosis. Yet despite the lack of scientific recognition, anger-related violence is often in the news, and courts are increasingly mandating anger management treatment. It is time for a fresh scientific examination of one of the most fundamental human emotions and what happens when it becomes pathological, and this thorough, persuasive book offers precisely such a probing analysis. Using both clinical data and a variety of case studies, esteemed anger researchers Raymond A. DiGiuseppe and Raymond Chip Tafrate argue for a new diagnostic classification, Anger Regulation and Expression Disorder, that will help bring about clinical improvements and increased scientific understanding of anger. After situating anger in both historical and emotional contexts, they report research that supports the existence of several subtypes of the disorder and review treatment outcome studies and new interventions to improve treatment. The first book that fully explores anger as a clinical phenomenon and provides a reliable set of assessment criteria, it represents a major step toward establishing the clear definitions and scientific basis necessary for assessing, diagnosing, and treating anger disorders.

    Anger : the forgotten emotion
    Ubiquitous and intangible : the problem of defining anger
    How anger differs from other emotions
    Theories of anger and aggression
    Anger as a mediator of violence
    A proposed model of the relationship between anger and aggression
    Behavioral models of anger
    Cognitive models of anger
    Anger and axis I pathology
    Anger and depression
    Anger and personality disorders
    Objections to formalizing anger disorders
    Functional and dysfunctional anger
    Proposed criteria for anger disorders
    Subtypes of disturbed anger
    A review of the anger treatment-outcome literature : what we know works
    Roadblocks to successful treatment of angry clients
    Preparing clients for anger treatment
    A comprehensive treatment model for anger disorders
    Epilogue

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