What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

Intermittent explosive disorder involves episodes of repeated impulsive, aggressive, and violent behavior or angry verbal outbursts in which the individual reacts out of proportion to the current situation.  Signs of intermittent explosive disorder may include road rage, domestic abuse, throwing and breaking objects, and other temper tantrums.  Individuals suffering from this disorder may attack others as well as their possessions, causing both bodily injury and property damage.  They may injure themselves during an outburst and then later feel remorse, regret, or embarrassment about their outburst.

Signs and Symptoms of Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Usually lasting more than thirty consecutive minutes, explosive eruptions often result in verbal assaults, injuries, and deliberate destruction of property.  These explosives eruptions can occur in clusters or be separated by weeks or months of nonaggression. The following are signs of intermittent explosive disorder:

  • Rage
  • Tremors
  • Racing thoughts

It is extremely common for feelings of depression, fatigue, and exhaustion to occur after an explosive eruption.  Although the exact cause of intermittent explosive disorder is unknown, the disorder is more than likely caused by a number of environmental and biological factors, such as the individual’s environment, genetics, and brain chemistry.

Treatment Options for Intermittent Explosive Disorder

There are many different treatment facilities that are equipped with medical staff and knowledge to treat intermittent explosive disorder.  The following are some examples of treatment options for the disorder:

  • Physical exam
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medications

Doctors will often start the diagnosis process with a physical exam to rule out any other causes for an individual’s reactions.  Psychotherapy teaches individuals how to manage their anger and control inappropriate responses using relaxation training, techniques to react differently in certain situations, and new coping skills.  Physicians may also prescribe antidepressants along with mood stabilizers to help the individual struggling with the disorder.

Intermittent Explosive Disorder Treatment

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