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Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 17–36 | Cite as

Anger Regulation Deficits in Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • Claude M. Chemtob
  • Raymond W. Novaco
  • Roger S. Hamada
  • Douglas M. Gross
  • Gary Smith
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Abstract

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.

anger regulatory deficits combat-related PTSD 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claude M. Chemtob
    • 1
  • Raymond W. Novaco
    • 2
  • Roger S. Hamada
    • 3
  • Douglas M. Gross
    • 1
  • Gary Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Veterans AffairsHonolulu
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaIrvine
  3. 3.Kapiolani Medical CenterHonolulu

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