Rage, however, is when anger becomes a state of out-of-control. In moments of rage, a person experiences a sense of being truly unable to stop themselves from acting out
“Anger, Rage, and PTSD”
In modern culture, the word “rage” is often used to describe extreme anger. Though there is some validity to this, it is an incomplete understanding. Anger is a normal, healthy human emotion that can be compared to a current flowing through a wire to bring electricity to a lamp. It carries power and heat, but as long as it is controlled, it does not have to be harmful and it can even be useful. Even huge amounts of current can be safe under the right circumstances. Rage, however, is when anger becomes a state of out-of-control. In moments of rage, a person experiences a sense of being truly unable to stop themselves from acting out. Nearly always, this is followed by deep remorse and shame for actions committed during these moments. Just like when electricity is out of control, rage tends to bring harm to everyone in its vicinity.
For many suffering from PTSD, rage that manifests as seemingly uncontrollable acting out behaviors is a part of their everyday life struggle. Persons with PTSD often become afraid of themselves and, in particular, afraid of their own anger, fearing they cannot control it. These folks often try to suppress any feelings of anger, and the result can actually be an increase in episodes of rage that they so desperately want to avoid. Persons who struggle with rage must learn how to identify anger and accept it as a part of who they are while developing skills for keeping anger from turning into rage. With help, this is entirely possible.