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What is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

What is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?Intermittent explosive disorder is a disorder where individuals fly off the handle over minute situations. These outbursts can be violent and frightening, and can happen at a moment’s notice. In most cases, individuals develop intermittent explosive disorder in response to growing up in a negative environment (primarily where abuse was present). In addition, intermittent explosive disorder can also be caused by genetics.

Symptoms of Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Prior to an explosive episode, those with this disorder will often begin to experience racing thoughts that precede their outburst. From there, the symptoms of the disorder can include the following:

  • Extreme irritability
  • Unexplained rage
  • Physical tremors and tingling
  • Chest tightness
  • Increased head pressure
  • Heart palpitations

Shortly after an explosive episode, these individuals can experience periods of fatigue or depression. In many instances, relief is also experienced.

Dangers of Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Those who have intermittent explosive disorder and do not receive treatment put themselves at risk for developing additional issues that play into their disorder. These issues can include the following:

  • Self-harm practices – Studies show that untreated intermittent explosive disorder can cause a person to indulge in self-harm practices, such as hitting, cutting, or burning themselves. They might also attempt suicide.
  • Poor performance – An individual’s professional performance can begin to dwindle, as they are more focused on their emotional distress than the tasks at hand. This can impact both a working professional and a student who is attempting to do well in school.
  • Bad relationships – It can be especially complicated to develop strong, lasting relationships with others if intermittent explosive disorder is present. Constant, unexplained outbursts can drive wedges between friends and family that are often not repairable without professional help.

Intermittent explosive disorder can cause an individual to become engaged in self-harm practices, perform poorly at school or work, and experience bad relationships with others.

Treatment for Intermittent Explosive Disorder

In most cases, psychotherapy is the most viable option for an individual that is suffering from this particular disorder. Here, they can work through the emotions and thought processes that contribute to their outbursts. In addition, these individuals might also be prescribed medications such antidepressants, anticonvulsants, anti-anxiety meds, or mood stabilizers to help control the disorder.

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