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Learn more about aggression treatment at Ten Lakes Center in Dennison, OH
Aggression is defined as any behavior that is hostile, destructive, and possibly violent. This term refers to a wide variety of behaviors that can result in physical and psychological harm to oneself, others, or objects in the environment around that person. Aggressive behaviors can vary greatly from emotional regulation problems to severe, manipulative behaviors. Additionally, they can occur in a number of different ways including mentally, physically, or verbally. Forms of aggressive behavior can include engaging in things such as physical fights, hitting someone, arguing, or instigating bullying. It is important to note that not all aggressive behaviors are physical; behaviors such as starting rumors, excluding others, and arguing can be just as damaging.
While anger is a normal and healthy emotion to experience, uncontrolled anger and aggression can destroy relationships, cause problems at work, and can lead to engagement in risky behavior. Aggressive behavior can be extremely difficult to manage, not only for the individual but for all loved ones as well. However, in most cases, aggressive thoughts and behaviors can be reduced when properly treated by a medical professional.
Causes and risk factors for aggression
The development of aggressive behavior can be the result of many different factors, from genetic causes that have been inherited from parents to learned behaviors through a series of repeated experiences. Additionally, certain types of mental health disorders or reactions to medication can cause aggression to appear in individuals who would otherwise be calm. Some of the most common causes include:
Genetic: Research suggests that there may be a genetic link to aggressive outbursts. In a study conducted on mice, results showed that those mice who lacked a certain gene were far less aggressive than the mice that had that particular gene. This gene is also present in human beings, which seems to support the idea of a genetic link to aggression.
Environment: It is thought that certain environmental factors such as living in poor neighborhoods with high crime rates or family dysfunction can both lead to aggressive, problematic behaviors. Additionally, poor parenting practices and children with difficult temperaments are also at an increased risk.
Medications: Certain types of medication have the ability to cause a person to act in an aggressive manner. For some individuals, prescriptions pills, or even some over-the-counter meds, can cause irritability, nervousness, or other aggression-causing feelings.
Physical conditions: For individuals who have a history of migraines, strokes, epilepsy, or other physical conditions are at a higher risk for developing aggressive behaviors.
Mental health disorders: Psychological disorders are the most common causes of aggressive behavior. While almost any mental health disorder can lead to the development of aggression, some of the most common underlying causes of aggression include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance abuse
- Alzheimer’s disease
Effects of aggression
If not properly addressed and treated, aggression can lead to serious consequences in many different areas of an adult’s life. Complications that result from aggressive behavior can include physical, psychological, and even legal ramifications. Some of these effects can include:
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Conduct problems
- Poor adjustment
- Difficulties at work
- Financial problems
Types of aggression treatment offered at Ten Lakes Center in Dennison, OH
If you or your loved one are displaying signs of aggressive behavior, it is important that you consult a mental health professional who can arrange for a complete physical and psychological evaluation. Treatment for aggression is conducted on an individual basis since the reason for this type of behavior can be the result of many different factors. The goal of treatment is usually to focus on helping an individual learn how to control his or her anger and frustration in appropriate ways, be responsible for his or her actions, and come to accept the consequences of those actions.
There are a number of different options available for the treatment of aggressive behavior, which may include inpatient treatment that has been shown to be effective at identifying and treating the cause of this inappropriate behavior. Through inpatient treatment care, individuals will be able to receive any therapeutic interventions needed to address any underlying mental health disorders that may be causing the aggressive behavior. Additionally, patients can get any medication they may need and will be under constant supervision to ensure safety while they get their behaviors under control. Other methods that may be used in treatment include group therapy, family therapy, and experiential treatment, all of which can address any additional issues.