Anger Medication : What's Available and What are Good Alternatives


Currently, there is no anger medication prescribed directly to treat anger. However, anti-depressants are often prescribed to help reduce anxiety and stress.

They do relieve symptoms associated with anger such as depression and anxiety.

These drugs need to be dispensed and supervised by an attending physician. They include prescriptions such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro and Effexor.

Some antidepressants function as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). These are medications designed to increase the amount of serotonin in the brain cells. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate the functions of mood and emotions in the brain.

The Mayo Clinic provides clear information on how these antidepressants work. Click to access this video link. Another type of anger medication is Tricyclic Antidepressants. They work by increasing the chemical messengers called serotonin and noradrenaline in the brain.

These chemical messengers can help improve mood and increase a sense of well-being. More information on Tricyclic antidepressants can be found here.

MAOI inhibitors are another form of antidepressants that are available to individuals who do not respond to tricylics.

More information can be accessed here. While antidepressants can be quite effective in treating anxiety and anger, they must be used under medical supervision.

Many antidepressants can be addictive to vulnerable individuals.

As well, the safety of antidepressants prescribed for hyperactivity in children is questionable. SSRI comes with many possible side effects such as agitation, diarrhea, headaches, increased sweating, insomnia and nausea.

SSRIs also come with a potentially serious side effect, the serotonin syndrome which occurs when a patient takes several prescriptions at once,usually in the form of anti-depressants and pain relief medications. Even seemingly harmless supplements can trigger the reaction. Serotonin syndrome may gravitate in severity to hallucination, seizures and drug induced coma.

Sometimes SSRIs can worsen the symptoms of depression and lead to suicidal thoughts, especially for those within the 18-24 age range. As reported by drug company Ely Lily,ADD patients prescribed Prozac are twelve times more likely to commit suicide than those with ADD who are not on medication. Anyone taking SSRI should be closely monitored by his or her physician.

Ritalin and SSRIs like Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac can produce dangerous effects. Studies are also underway to test the efficacy of anger medication used for epileptic seizures to treat anger disorders.

Other medications prescribed for anger include mood stabilizers and anti-psychotic drugs usually prescribed for bipolar disorders.

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Non-Prescription Alternatives to Anger Medication

Energy Medicine is the most viable alternative to conventional medicine and prescriptions for anger medication. Principles for Parents by Peter Hanfileti, MD, is a site dedicated to educating parents about the benefits of an energy medicine approach to childhood issues including anger and emotional imbalances. Some physicians like Dr Hanfileti are exploring and encouraging non-prescription methods to help kids in their practices.

Exercise is known to reduce anger. A study has shown that aerobic exercise not only reduces weight but levels of aggression in children.

Why does exercise have this effect on the human psyche and human body?

a) Exercise, especially cardiovascular and aerobic exercise, makes the body sweat;by doing so,it "washes" away stress.

b) Exercise also helps the body release endorphins, the feel good chemicals necessary for a sense of well-being.

c) Increased oxygen intake during exercise clears the brain, allowing for better overall functioning.

d) Exercise also contributes to the sense of being in control of the body, a sense that is easily transferable to one's emotional state as well. A sense of being in control of both body and mind provides the basis for optimal functioning. Research shows as well that exercise improves mood.

Other alternatives to Anger Medication include the following:

Meditation develops focused attention and releases stress. Learning the breathing techniques in meditation can be an effective anger management technique. Light therapy can help dispel depression and anger.Exposure to certain spectrum of light helps the body to release serotonin.

Aromatherapy is another option that provides stress release.

Recent research also shows that cognitive behavior therapy, which helps children examine their thinking patterns in order to modify behavior, has a high success rate for anxiety management. EEG Biofeedback, also known as Neurofeedback for ADHD is also a highly effective form of treatment for ADHD children who have anger and behavior issues.

The Anxiety-Free Child Program offers advanced strategies for overcoming your child's anxiety.Click Here!

Art Therapy provides a whole body anger management process that works especially well with children who have experienced trauma.

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The above information is provided courtesy of You know that you always have the best interests of your child at heart. There are times, however, when you need someone --like you-- to be with the kids. It's what we call your time, your turn to take some steam off and you deserve every minute of it. Worried that no one can take your place...even for a few hours?

Disclaimer: The above information is meant only to inform and should never displace professional consultation.

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