Intermittent Explosive Disorder Causes

(Also Known As: Anger Management Causes, Anger Causes, Stress Management Causes, Rage Causes, Impulsive Control Disorder Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

Intermittent explosive disorder can be caused by a variety of factors that trigger the manifestation of aggressive behavior, such as explosive and uncontrollable anger. The possible causes of the occurrence of intermittent explosive disorder can be due to the following factors: 3

Biological and Physical Causes

  • Dysfunctional neurotransmitters such as depleted levels of serotonin (affects the mood)
  • Dysfunctional limbic system that is linked to emotions and memory
  • Dysfunctional frontal lobe that controls the planning and controlling of impulses.

These factors can be inherited or can be developed through mild neurological abnormalities. Exposure to drugs/alcohol, seizures, head trauma, brain infection, and inflammation are predisposing factors for children to develop intermittent explosive disorder.

Emotional and Psychological Causes

  • Family history of mood disorder and addiction.
  • Growing up with a family with an unstable relationship that is marked with physical and emotional abuse, violence, severe frustration, alcoholism, and life threatening situations.
  • The absence of a role model that teaches them how to show emotions and impulses.
  • Impulse control disorder can also be a way of compensating an underlying feeling of low self esteem or insecurity.
  • Confrontation with dangerous experiences or painful experiences that may be either consciously or unconsciously frustrating.
  • Stress can trigger aggressive behavior
  • Domestic abuse

Could You Have Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

Intermittent Explosive Disorder Topics

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Antisocial Personality Disorder – Disregard and Violation of the Rights of Others, Conduct Disorder, Sociopath, Psychopaths, Lack of Empathy
Anxiety Disorder NOS – Stress, Anxiousness, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Phobia
Kleptomania – Hoarding of Things, Stealing, Theft, Depression, Guilt, Compulsion, Schizoid, Paranoid, Borderline Personality Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder – Behavioral Pattern of Disobedience, Hostile, Defiant Behavior towards Authority
Pyromania – Impulse to Start a Fire to Relieve Tension, Gratification of Doing the Act, Psychosis, Act of Revenge, Euphoria