Intermittent Explosive Disorder Basics

Guides

IED: Diagnosis

To be diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder, one must exhibit a pattern of being unable to resist angry impulses, resulting in explosions of rage that are disproportionate to the situation and sometimes quite dangerous or destructive.  Since aggressive behavior can occur in the context of many mental disorders, a doctor must first rule out other reasons for these symptoms, such as substance abuse, another psychiatric disorder, or a physical explanation like head trauma.