Researchers at the University of Southern California and in Italy have been working diligently to discover the causes of and then treat those causes of pathological anger, and they think they are on the right track. These researchers have discovered that what may be the root cause of flying off the handle into a fit of rage is a malfunctioning brain receptor, thus the subject literally cannot control themselves from going into a red faced fit of ballistic anger. The only thing is that their subjects are lab mice; so sorry to all of you animal rights activists.
As many of us know lab mice have been scientific research’s best human analog for many research studies, and have aided in the development of many treatments for illnesses and disorders in us humans, and this research is no different. The researchers in this study and discovery in pathological anger disorders hope that because this is now found to be a brain disorder in many instances that it can be treated pharmaceutically. Now before you start thinking that this is meant to treat anger issues in so called “normal” people (whatever normal is) the scientists are more focused on the anger issues that arise with those suffering from Alzheimer’s, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychological disorders. The scientists say that the receptor in question that exists in mice also exists in humans and thus treatment should work for us too, and the malfunction in this receptor can be tied to crime and extremely hostile behavior in humans. I think many of us would agree that treatment of those diagnosed with pathological anger disorders would be beneficial in helping to prevent some violent crimes. Unfortunately though we may not know who is suffering from this brain receptor malfunction until after they have committed a violent crime — unless all of us are required to be tested for this malfunction, and those who are discovered to have it are then required to be treated, but that opens a whole other world of ethical issues for us human rights activists.