January 1971

The Angry Woman Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Beverly Hills, Calif
From the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and the Memorial Hospital of Southern California, Culver City.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(1):91-94. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750070093014

Specific common denominators in the angry woman syndrome set it apart from any established presentday classification. These symptoms are periodic outbursts of unprovoked anger, marital maladjustment, serious suicide attempts, proneness to abuse of alcohol and drugs, a morbidly oriented critical attitude to people and a contrary obsessive need to excel in all endeavors, with an intense need for neatness and punctuality. This constant striving for perfection is their undoing. Three cases are presented along with the corollary syndrome of their suffering male counterparts who react to the anger by an intensification of their weak masculine drives. Treatment is at best palliative and is usually resisted.