Sunday, December 11, 2005


anger - Anger is considered a crucial element in DEPRESSION. There are many manifestations of anger, which include violence, hostility, sarcasm, defiance, tantalizing, teasing, sneering, passive obstructiveness, gossip, withdrawal, and self-destructive behavior to the point of SUICIDE. Anger can be a cover for deeper problems that may be centered around the need for intimacy and a profound sense of deprivation.
One of the emotional manifestations of old age is a sense of rage at the seemingly uncontrollable forces that confront older people as well as the indignities and neglect of the society that once valued their productive capacities. Some older people rage against the inevitable nature of aging and death.
Some older people use anger to control others. They may see it as strategy for maintaining some sense of power over their own lives because as long as they remain angry or resistant people will notice them. Some older people express resistance to any suggestions or new ideas. This resistance is a way of maintaining a sense of personal identity, which may be threatened by change.
Sometimes simple things, such as the inability to thread a needle, remember a name, or do a physical task, can be the cause of anger. A person should not wrestle with anger, but handle it by controlling the cause. The older person should identify the source of the anger and attempt to correct it. A tranquilizer might also help to control anger, but after the effects of the medication wear off, the problem will remain.
Although some anger is therapeutic in relieving stress, anger caused by failure is pointless.
Deedy, J. Your Aging Parents. Chicago: The Thomas More Press, 1984.
Lester, A. D., and Lester, J. L. Understanding Aging Parents. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1980.


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