IED: What Is It?

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a behavior disorder characterized by brief episodes of disproportionate anger and aggression. Onset is in late childhood or adolescence. A child or adolescent with IED can’t control his anger and will impulsively explode into rage with little or no apparent provocation. The pattern is often one of frequent, less severe outbursts  (tantrums, tirades, arguments or fights) that don’t do physical damage, punctuated by less frequent, more severe episodes that do cause injury to people or animals or damage to property. IED greatly interferes with a child’s family life as well as his social relationships and academic achievement.