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Introduction. The Phenomenology and Treatment of Aggression Across Psychiatric Illnesses

Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD, and Alan F. Schatzberg, MD

Published: June 1, 1999

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Aggression is a dimensional symptom that often brings individuals to psychiatric treatment and can make them difficult to manage, particularly in institutional settings such as nursing homes. On one end, the dimension of aggression encompasses increased activity and agitation and on the other, violent criminal behavior. Symptoms of aggression occur in a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, but currently no pharmacologic agent is approved specifically for the treatment of aggression.’ ‹

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