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Alabama Clinics - Intermittent Explosive Disorder


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Posted by: Al Clinics
Date: Jan 28 2019 11:43 AM

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is an impulse-control disorder characterized by sudden episodes of impulsive, aggressive, or violent behavior despite a lack of apparent provocation or reason. Those suffering with IED describe feeling as though they have no control over their emotions and they are overcome with anger. IED typically begins during the early teen years and evidence has suggested that it usually accompanied with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders. IED is not diagnosed unless a person has displayed at least three episodes of impulsive aggressiveness. Individuals with IED have reported that once they have released the tension that built up as a result of their rage, they feel a sense of relief. However, some report experiencing feelings of remorse or embarrassment afterwards.


Adolescents who have IED often have a very low tolerance for frustration and become unreasonably furious by small irritations. This frustration is often expressed by becoming verbally or physically aggressive, sometimes causing physical injury or property damage. Individuals have reported that during episodes of rage, they experience a sensation of building tension in the head or chest that is relieved by acting out aggressively. Episodes usually last less than thirty minutes and are not premeditated. Aggressive episodes may be accompanied by:



  • Rage

  • Irritability

  • Increased energy

  • Racing thoughts

  • Tingling

  • Tremors

  • Palpitations

  • Chest tightness


The development of IED is believed to be the result of a combination of genetic, physical, and environmental factors. It is more prominent in males and you are at higher risk if there is a family history of mental illness, have been exposed to violence, or experience a traumatic brain injury. The biggest challenge healthcare professionals face is the fact that many people with IED are not likely to seek treatment on their own. However, without treatment the long-term effects can be detrimental, such as:



  • Academic failure

  • Being suspended from school

  • Low self-worth

  • Inability to develop and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships

  • Social isolation or impairment

  • Legal problems / incarceration

  • Self-harm

  • Legal problems

  • Homicidal


If you or someone you love is exhibiting signs and symptoms of IED, make an appointment with one of our expert psychiatrists at your earliest convenience. If you believe you have IED, prevention is likely beyond your control unless you develop a treatment program with a professional. Walk ins are welcome and we are open 7 days a week. Call now to schedule an appointment (334) 712-1170



Alabama Clinics


2812 Hartford Hwy, Suite 1


Dothan, AL 36305


(334) 712-1170


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