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Rage

These are descriptions of how individuals experienced various symptoms during withdrawal. While everyone's withdrawal is unique and symptoms will be different for everyone, it may be useful to know what others went through.

All withdrawal symptoms can be caused by things in addition to withdrawal. If a symptom is persistent or you are worried by it, it is always a good idea to get it checked out by your doctor to ensure nothing else is going on.

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Definition: (n) Belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong.

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What I've Felt:

"I was in such a state of pain, withdrawal, and agitation that it continuously fueled the mechanism of rage. Along the way,  I have:

 
bulletTaken a hammer to my cell phone ($70)
bulletDestroyed a kitchen counter with a hammer ($800)
bulletPunched a wall (breaking my pinky finger with a spiral fracture, or "boxer's break"; $300)
bulletPounded in my car stereo (it still plays CDs, but you can't skip around between songs; $200)
bulletAnd called the psychiatrists who rarely, if ever, acknowledged the pain and reality of what I was going through every epithet I know (priceless)
bulletGrand total: $1370

Some nights, when the anxiety was is at its worst, I would sit in my car swearing  over and over and over, and punching the dashboard (free)." - Matt

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What I've Felt:

"Me for rage took the form of saying hurtful things to those I loved.  It was like I said the first thing that slipped into my mind in a tense situation without doing any processing of what the effect would be on others. It meant that I hurt those closest to me on occasions and I regret that - I had to learn to be very controlled to stop myself over reacting.

My language (swearing) wasn't good during this time either. I could almost measure how unwell I was feeling by the number of times I swore in the first hour of the day" - Anthea

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My Coping Strategies

bullet Acceptance
bullet Counting to 10, then back down, to defuse the anger
bulletPunching a pillow

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 22 July 2015