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Frustration Tolerance

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Short-fuse syndrome

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Frustration tolerance is the ability to withstand obstacles and stressful situations. Decreased frustration tolerance is a common behavior problem of people who have brain injuries. Low frustration tolerance can be a direct result of brain damage as well as a secondary reaction to the lifestyle changes and losses which might accompany a brain injury. Typically conceptualized as an executive functioning impairment, low frustration tolerance is viewed as a problem with self-regulation. Behavioral manifestations include irritability, aggression, lability, and refusal to participate. As with other behavior problems, difficulties with frustration tolerance are often exacerbated by fatigue.

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Agitation

Catastrophic Reaction

De-escalation

Emotional Lability

Executive Functioning

Irritability

Self-Regulation

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Bouman, D.E. (2011). Frustration Tolerance. In: Kreutzer, J.S., DeLuca, J., Caplan, B. (eds) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_2139

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