A proposed algorithm for the pharmacotherapy of impulsive aggression

Alan R. Felthous, Matthew S. Stanford

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A rational algorithm for effective pharmacotherapy for impulsive aggression takes into account five factors: sufficiently defined and characterized aggressive behavior; availability of agents studied by trials of sufficient quality; risks, side effects, and contraindications; severity of aggressive outbursts; and co-occurring mental and medical conditions. Clinicians in forensic and correctional treatment centers, indeed in any treatment setting, should be able to optimize their effectiveness in treating impulsive aggression by using methods that consider these five factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-467
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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