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Chapter 14. Underpinnings of Aggression > Psychiatric/Emotional Problems Foster...

Psychiatric/Emotional Problems Fostering Aggression

Chronic high stress, anxiety disorders, depression, and chronic pain or other medical problems all impair our ability to absorb any new stress that comes along. As a result, we are likely to strike out. Bipolar disorder markedly increases irritability as well as releasing our inhibitions and self-control.

Substance abuse is a very common problem in business. Alcohol and drugs weaken self-control at the same time that they impair mood, sleep, and judgment. The ability to control aggressive feelings is particularly undermined while intoxicated, while hung over, and while withdrawing.


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