Anger Management Medication

Anger Management Medication seems like a convenient solution for an anger problem. After all there are similar medications for depression such as Prozac. However I would urge you to look at alternative therapies, especially anger management groups, before considering medicine. I have a bias against drugs. I think they must absolutely be a last resort for two reasons they can have nasty side effects and you can build up a dependence on them.

The main issue I have with Anger Management Medication is that it doesn’t really teach you how to deal with the anger, it’s cause, and generally just numbs the feelings. When you come off the medication afterwards the feelings of anger will probably resume. There is no medication that directly deals with anger, so the medication prescribed is usually an anti-depressant to help reduce anxiety and stress. These drugs need to be provided and monitored by your physician. Prescriptions include Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro and Effexor.

Medication. Sometimes the world just needs a break from the real you.

One type of antidepressant is SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) which aim to increase the amount of serotonin in the brain by blocking parts of the brain that reabsorb it. The increased level of serotonin tricks the mind into feeling better.

Side effects of SSRIs include: Nausea, Sexual dysfunction, including reduced desire or orgasm difficulties, Dry mouth, Headache, Diarrhea, Nervousness, Rash, Agitation, Restlessness, Increased sweating, Weight gain, Drowsiness, Insomnia.

More information on specific SSRI drugs can be found here.

Another type, called Tricyclic Antidepressants are the easiest type of antidepressant drug, and are still used today in special circumstances. They are named after their chemical structure.

I urge you to always investigate the side effects for yourself (search http://www.mayoclinic.com) and then be prepared to question and challenge your physician about these side effects. Some physicians seem quite gun-ho on solving every problem with a drug (perhaps it gets you out of their room quickly so they can get on and see the next patient). This site contains main alternatives to chemicals for helping with anger problems.