IED: Treatment

Treatment for intermittent explosive disorder generally involves a psychotherapeutic and a psychopharmacological component.

Psychotherapeutic: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is commonly used to help people with IED learn which situations trigger their rage episodes. Through CBT they can learn to recognize and manage their anger in a healthy, non-disruptive way. A therapist will work with the patient and family (and, when appropriate, teachers) to manage and prevent explosive episodes.

Pharmacological: There are no medications specifically for IED, but a variety of medications have been used to help people with IED, including antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, nas well as anticonvulsants and other mood regulators. After a careful evaluation, a psychiatrist will prescribe the appropriate type of medication for an individual case.