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What is Aggression?

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Updated June 17, 2014

Definition:

Aggression refers to any behavior that is hostile, destructive, and/or violent. Generally, aggressive behavior has the potential to inflict injury or damage to the target person or object. Examples of aggressive behavior include physical assault, throwing objects, property destruction, self-harming behaviors, and verbal threats. Aggression can have mental aspects, as well.

A number of psychiatric disorders are associated with an elevated risk of aggressive behavior, including posttraumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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