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J Trauma Stress. 1997 Jan;10(1):17-36.

Anger regulation deficits in combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder.

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Department of Veterans Affairs, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, USA.


We describe a typology of regulatory deficits associated with anger in combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cognitive, arousal, and behavioral domain deficits in anger regulation were observed clinically in PTSD patients with high levels of anger who were participating in a multi-year trial of a structured anger treatment. We also describe a category of patients whose anger type we have termed "ball of rage." These patients exhibit regulatory deficits in all three domains of anger regulation. We offer a conceptual framework to advance the understanding of anger associated with PTSD and to guide its effective treatment.

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