Anger Should Be Mental Health Disorder, Psychologist Says
Is anger worthy of being a mental health diagnosis similar to anxiety or depression? One New York psychologist thinks so.
In a presentation at an American Psychological Association meeting last week, Raymond DiGiuseppe, a psychology professor at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., suggested that anger should merit classification in the bible of the mental health field, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
DiGiuseppe believes that anger is one of a series of emotions — including disgust, envy and jealousy as well — that are largely ignored by mental health professionals. He argues that anger in particular can be harmful to a person’s life, affecting relationships, work experiences and increasing the likelihood that an individual will end up in the justice system, reports USA Today. To read more click here.
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The DSM is published by the American Psychiatric Association. A fifth edition is expected in 2012.