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After a traumatic event, you may develop
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You may not
feel close to people, or you may feel on edge. Your friends and family may tell
you that you don't seem the same. You may feel angry.
Anger is a
normal response to a traumatic event. Anger gives you the energy to act quickly
and help yourself or others. Your body goes into a "survival" mode. After the
event, when you no longer need to act, your anger goes away.
if you have PTSD, your anger may get out of control. This
means you lose your temper and may feel like harming others or yourself.
When you have PTSD, you can get stuck in a "ready to act"
mode. Your anger is always there, just under the
surface. When something bothers you, you may not think about the situation
before acting. You go into survival mode, and your anger flares up.
If you are stuck in this mode, you may:
Here are some ideas for dealing
with your anger:
For more information, see the topic
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Current as ofFebruary 4, 2015
Current as of:
February 4, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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