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What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?Intermittent Explosive Disorder, according to the Mayo Clinic, is an aggressive personality disorder that causes people to have sudden violent bursts of anger, aggressiveness, or dangerous behavior. These bursts can cause people to be a danger to themselves and others as they react wildly out of proportion to a given situation.

What Can Happen?

According to Psychology Today and the Mayo Clinic, people with Intermittent Explosive Disorder may possibly attack other people or their possessions without suitable provocation, and may be dangerous. People who deal with this disorder may also injure themselves because they are not thinking clearly. This could cause loss of friendship, anger, or embarrassment of the behavior.

Signs and Symptoms of the Disorder

There are many signs and symptoms that can lead a loved one to understand that intermittent explosive disorder is present. Domestic abuse, road rage, sudden tears or yelling, and even fiery tempers may be precursors to this disorder. Some of the signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Failure to resist aggressive impulses
  • Sudden tension
  • Sudden anger
  • Hysteria
  • Threats
  • Violence

While these are not the only signs or symptoms of Intermittent Explosive Disorder, they can be used to see if your loved one should seek treatment or other resources for help.

Treatment Help

There may not be one particular treatment that is right for every person or every situation. Intermittent Explosive Disorder may affect different people in different ways. As such, visiting with a doctor or a counselor can help set you on the right path toward finding the help that you need. That help could be counseling and therapy, or it could be medication. Either way, reaching out for help is necessary to begin living a healthy and happy life.

If you or someone you love finds that an addiction or mental health disorder has developed, please seek help immediately. Please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator that can help connect you with the treatment options that are right for you and your situation. You are not alone; please call today.