The Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Anger Disorders - Raymond DiGiuseppe
A review of basic research on anger will provide the basis for understanding how anger can be dysfunctional and how it differs from anxiety and depression. This presentation proposes a model of anger as a clinical problem that can guide clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatments. It also will specify how anger can be conceptualized as an independent syndrome. Attention will focus on changes in the DSM-5 category of Intermittent Explosive Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder as examples of anger disorders.
We will discuss how anger is represented and misrepresented in psychological tests and problems that exist in assessment instruments because of the popular conceptualization of anger. A model for assessing anger that informs treatment planning will be presented. A review of research on anger treatments will show which interventions appear the most effective. Anger treatments usually employ one manual for all participants. Most researchers fail to identify different types of anger problems that may require different interventions. Such models do not help clinicians assess important aspects of the anger experience and use their assessment to construct an individualized case conceptualization. This presentation will propose a model of the characteristics of anger that informs assessment that will help clinicians build case conceptualizations and individual treatment plans based on empirically based interventions.