Anger and Its Causes

Helping a patient and their family with anger about a mood disorder can be difficult...

Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH, reccommends the following steps when dealing with a patient's anger: identify the emotion, convey understanding, and allow for a response. Remain neutral, calm, and empathetic.

Dr Noonan is a physician consultant and Certified Peer Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of four books and a blog on managing depression, most recently Helping Others With Depression: Words to Say, Things to Do (December 2020). Dr Noonan has a new mental health and wellness virtual coaching practice, opening in July 2021, known as Noonan Wellness Coaching,and can be confidentially reached through her website at