Intermittent Explosive Disorder

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

Intermittent explosive disorder is a behavioral disorder characterized by a violent expression of anger and rage. The individual with intermittent explosive disorder usually exhibits uncontrollable rage that is often inappropriate to the current situation. The manifestation of repeated episodes of violent and aggressive behavior is the main characteristics of intermittent explosive disorder. The person is capable of showing intermittent explosive behavior of attacking other people and their possessions leading to injury and property damage. 1

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders categorized the intermittent explosive disorder as an impulse control disorder. 2 The condition belongs to a broader family of impulse control disorders including pyromania, kleptomania, and pathological gambling. The person with intermittent explosive disorder usually carries out the act of aggressive behavior as unpremeditated.

Some psychiatrists, however, find the condition as a symptom of other mental and psychiatric disorders and not as a separate clinical category. The behaviors of individuals with intermittent explosive disorder is always associated with anxiety disorders such as mood changes, anger, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, narcissism, eating disorders, paranoia, and antisocial personality disorder.

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Intermittent Explosive Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

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