Every human being faces anger triggers in life – events, statements, or memories that cause them to instantly feel upset and aggressive. Some people act out on this instant aggression, while others find ways to cope with and suppress their feelings. Those who choose to succumb to their triggers are often referred to as “rageaholics,” implying that they are in fact addicted to rage.
Is rage addiction possible though? Could you truly get addicted to being angry? In this article, we will take a closer look at the mindset of rageaholics and show how this condition relates to other forms of addiction.
Yes, You Can Be Addicted To Rage
Rage addiction is more common than most people realize. You may even have someone in your life that suffers from it and has never been diagnosed. What may be assumed to be an anger management problem could actually be full-blown rage addiction. Without treatment, it will only get worse and distance the sufferer from the people he or she loves most in life.
People with a borderline personality disorder or narcissistic personality disorder referred to as “borderlines” and “narcissists,” often become addicted to rage because they are unable to control their sudden mood swings. Victims of abuse, neglect, or severe trauma may also turn into rageaholics over time. Whatever the case may be, the fact is that it is possible to be addicted to rage. If you feel that this may describe your situation, you need to get help right away to take control of your life again.
What Causes Rage Addiction?
Rage controls an area of the brain that changes your body’s central nervous system. Some people can experience a “high” feeling from these changes, similar to what one might feel with drugs or alcohol. As the person begins to use rage as a source of control, the addiction grows and the aggression gets more intense. The rage soon becomes the central emotion in the individual’s life, masking all other feelings of joy, hope, depression, passion, and everything in between.
Signs Of Rage Addiction
If you or someone you know may be addicted to rage, watch for these signs:
- Verbal, Physical, Or Emotional Abuse Towards Others
- Excessive Cursing
- Name Calling
- Threatening Behavior
- Pointing And Yelling
- Sarcasm, Even When It Is Uncalled For
- Throwing Objects At Others
- Experiencing Temper Tantrums
- Bragging About Power And Control
- Criticizing And Degrading Others With Blunt, Aggressive Comments
- Road Rage
- Mixing Anger With Substance Abuse
- Unpredictable Behavior
- Denying Anger Outbursts
- Fantasies Of Revenge
Rageaholics can learn to conquer their aggressive tendencies with counseling and rehabilitation. Contact Perspectives Of Troy today at (248) 244-8644 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed therapists. Together, we will help you fight the rage and regain peace in your life.