Symptom Media

Anger Assessment Series

AngerAssessmentA-1

Anger Assessment A-1

Jessie appears impatient and exasperated. She rolls her eyes, sighs, and avoids answering questions. She eventually leaves the assessment before the interview is concluded.

AngerAssessmentA-2

Anger Assessment A-2

Jessie appears calm and attempts to thoughtfully answer the clinician’s questions. She describes several physical changes in her body that lead up to her outbursts of anger. When Jessie expresses her anger, she becomes violent and sometimes throws and breaks objects. Her outbursts often follow times she feels a loss of control or feels ignored and hurt by others. Her violent outbursts appear to stem from a family in which frequent shouting is accepted as normal.

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Anger Assessment A-3

Sam’s arms are crossed and he refuses to make eye contact. He expresses obvious signs of exasperation and frustration with the clinician. He refuses to expand on his answers and often mutters under his breath. Sam finally chooses to end the interview by walking away from the clinician.

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Anger Assessment A-4

Sam has issues with rage. His arms are crossed, his eyes gaze downward, and he sometimes mumbles his answers. He reports that preceding his outbursts he feels tension in his stomach that spreads throughout his body. Sam’s anger often stems from disagreements with his father, whom he considers to be demanding. At times Sam’s anger is redirected towards his friends.

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Anger Assessment A-5

Chase feels his physical responses to anger are normal and are not any more physical than others’ responses, Chase, however, finds that lately he is angrier with himself. He recently punched a hole in a wall. At times he is unwilling to answer questions about an event in his recent past and he becomes increasingly agitated with the interviewer. Other indicators of his current emotional state are his low voice, his flat affect, and his refusal to make eye contact.

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Anger Assessment A-6

After being admitted to the hospital for an alcohol-related injury, Parker admits that he may have issues with anger. He describes that when he experiences anger, he has a sensation of feeling hot throughout his body. His answers reflect a calm and intelligent assessment of his emotions. In recounting memories, he describes moments during which he lost control and tried to physically harm others. He reports that during other outbursts he damaged property such as punching a car window. He states that he believes his anger is due to the way he’s wired and due to his problems with drinking alcohol.

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Anger Assessment with Primary Diagnosis Stimulant Use Disorder – Cocaine, Severe

Lisa describes many issues with anger including uncontrollable outbursts that quickly escalate to violent confrontations. She reports that she suffers from an addiction to cocaine and believes addiction exacerbates her anger. She also believes that issues with her boyfriend exacerbate her anger. She reports angry outbursts that sometimes occur in front of her child. She also reports that at other times she directs anger toward herself, resulting in bodily harm. When she is asked about ways she could possibly curb her anger, Lisa admits to a sense of hopelessness. In contrast, she reports she feels she is making a conscious effort to change.

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