Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. But it’s unhealthy when it flares up all the time or spirals out of control. Chronic, explosive anger has serious consequences for your relationships, your health, and your state of mind. The good news is that getting anger under control is easier than you think. With insight about the real reasons for your anger and these anger management tools, you can learn to keep your temper from hijacking your life.
Senseless tragedies like mass shootings also provoke and demand answers – preferably ones that are also accompanied by easy fixes, says Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. “We want life to be safe and predictable and to make sense,” he says. “The normal reaction is to want an oversimplified master explanation so you can put it in this box and say, ‘Ah, it’s mental illness’..’”
That knee-jerk conclusion is problematic, he continues, because it encourages even more stigmatisation of people who have a mental illness, many of whom already have extremely difficult lives and already face discrimination in several areas, namely housing, jobs, and relationships. Individuals suffering from mental illnesses are actually three times more likely than the average person to be victims of violence, as they are more vulnerable.
An inability to resist aggressive urges may be an indication of intermittent explosive disorder. Individuals with this disorder often seriously damage property or assault others, and react in ways that are entirely out of proportion to the provocation.
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In the Netherlands, criminals with mental illness are treated completely differently to many other countries. Melissa Hogenboom visits a Dutch prison to find out how.
Dementia is not part of the normal aging process. Except that the main factor and predictor of dementia is age. Seeing my physician when I complain that I cannot walk/run/climb steps (choose your specific complaint here) the physician always says well “…its your age.”
And then with dementia, all of a sudden it becomes a disease. No one told me that my bad knee is due to a disease, they just put it down to age. But dementia, all of a sudden is not part of the normal aging process and yet age is the main contributory factor to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
As a scientist, I am perplexed.
How can one of the most prolific and frightening of disease not be due to old age and not part of the“normal aging process,” when the main predictor is age?
We’ve seen it in mass shootings again and again—anger is the predecessor to violence. Can we find these people, and help them before they kill?
They are functioning heroin addicts — people who hold down jobs, pay the bills and fool their families.
For some, addiction is genetic; they’re wired this way. For others, chronic pain and lack of legal opioids landed them here. Or experimentation got them hooked and changed everything.
What addicts have in common, according to experts, is a disease that has more to do with their brains than the substances they use. About 85% of people can take a pain pill, for example, and never crave it again.
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If mentally ill people aren’t committing mass murder, who is?
People who study violent events say there is a well-established pattern among most mass shooters: They’re typically angry young men who feel they’ve been “wronged” and are looking for revenge.
Perpetuating the myth that mental illness is the cause of mass shootings only serves to stigmatize the mentally ill even further. In addition, it distracts from the more difficult conversation that must be had over gun-control in America.
Still, it can be difficult to accept that only five percent of shooting deaths are attributable to diagnosable mental illness because it feels like someone would have to be ‘crazy’ in order to shoot 600 strangers at a country music concert from a pair of hotel windows. But even if you believe that someone must be mentally ill in order to perpetrate a mass shooting, the key question is in whether that mental illness is diagnosable prior to the violent act. Remember, Paddock had no history of mental illness and no criminal record. This was not a question of adequate access to mental healthcare either. Paddock was successful and had the means to access care if he chose to. Thus, even if the most comprehensive and strictest mental health reforms were put in place, Paddock would have been unaffected; 95 percent of shooters would be unaffected.