Our expert says:
When problems like this arise later in life rather than as simply manifesting behaviour patterns that have been present for decades, one needs to wonder WHY NOW ? The onset of anxiety, stress, Depression, or some such combination, is often responsible. CBT certainly ought to be able to help, to identify stressors and triggers of these flashpoints, and to help you learn better ways of handling such situations. As for meds, this would depend on any diagnosis that might be made after a proper assessment, such as treatment of Depression if this is identified as present. I'd avoid the GPs favourite, the Valium / Xanor, Benzo family, as, like alcohol, they can in fact make one more impulsive and worsen one's temper tantrums.
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