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|ODD is for 18 years and younger...Intermittent explosive disorder is what its called for Adults!|
|Written by newlifechange|
|04 May 2010|
A person diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder exhibits repeated violent outbursts of anger grossly disproportionate to the cause. Symptoms of intermittent explosive disorder can begin to appear in childhood, but may go undiagnosed for years. A pediatrician may misdiagnose a child who has extreme temper tantrums despite the clearly developing pattern of incidents. Adults may go undiagnosed by general practitioners. Some mental health providers are unfamiliar with this relatively rare behavior disorder, as well.
Profile of Intermittent Explosive Disorder
A person with intermittent explosive disorder might go for days or weeks without incident and then unexpectedly "blow up" over some minor occurrence or mishap. Anything can trigger an explosive rage. In the case of a teenager, something as trivial as not being able to locate a favorite video game among his belongings can set off a violent explosion. The teen destroys his room, breaks furniture in the home and smashes costly property. Unable to stop his volatile behavior, the teen attacks anyone who tries to intervene, often causing injury. The episodes can occur anywhere. At school the teen may suddenly become angry and seriously injure a staff person who tries to help, or he may damage school property.
Intermittent explosive disorder in adults often takes the form of spousal abuse, domestic violence, or other violent crime. Road rage and domestic violence are two of the most common displays of adult intermittent explosive disorder, though not everyone accused of these crimes is diagnosed with IED. Adult IED may lead to loss of employment, social rejection, and incarceration.
According to the MayoClinic.com Web site, the article, "Intermittent Explosive Disorder" (Symptoms), states, "Explosive eruptions, usually lasting 10 to 20 minutes, often result in injuries and the deliberate destruction of property. These episodes may occur in clusters or be separated by weeks or months of nonaggression."
To the person suffering from IED episodes the release of anger brings relief. Following the explosive anger, the person may show remorse or embarrassment for the display.