Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Do you know someone that often displays uncontrollable fits of rage, anger and aggression when a situation takes place but their reactions are much more intense and exaggerated than the incident called for? Their level of explosive behavior over a situation that takes place is way over the top and unnecessary and may even become physically violent.

Once in a while we all over-react to situations but when a person displays this type of anger and aggressive behavior completely losing control, there may be more going on with their mental health besides a bad temper.

A mental disorder in which a person exhibits episodes of extreme aggressive and violent behavior is called Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) that affects as many as sixteen million Americans according to NIMH and usually starts "in the early teens". Teens with IED may later on in life develop depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders.

Explosive aggressive behavior may include; verbal outbursts of yelling and screaming, throwing things, breaking things, attacking people, causing physical harm to others, damaging property and possibly even hurting themselves in the process sometimes. After an episode which may last twenty minutes or so is over, some people may even feel remorseful and embarrassed because of their impulsive and aggressive outburst while others don't think they have a problem at all.

No one knows for sure what causes Intermittent Explosive Disorder but the condition can be treated. Certain influences may increase a person's risk for developing IED according to the Mayo Clinic such as individuals with a history of abusing drugs or alcohol or people that were abused when they were young or that "experienced multiple traumatic events".

The Mayo Clinic provides the following symptoms that may be experienced during or following an explosive episode which include; irritability, increased energy, rage, racing thoughts, tingling, tremors, palpitations, chest tightness, and feeling of pressure in the head. People suffering from IED may go for weeks or months before they display this type of aggressive behavior or occurrences can take place in "clusters".

Treating Intermittent Explosive Disorder

There is no specific treatment that's effective for everyone that has Intermittent Explosive Disorder because everyone is different. IED is a disorder that can be treated usually with psychotherapy and medication from a mental health professional.

If you notice signs of uncontrollable aggression and violent behavior in your teen or other loved one, seek professional help for them now before they possibly lose it someday and hurt someone else.

National Institute of Mental Health
Mayo Clinic
Fox News

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