Intermittent Explosive Disorder Basics
IED: What to Look For
Adolescents with IED have low frustration tolerance and are disproportionately enraged by small annoyances, often becoming verbally and physically aggressive, sometimes causing property damage or even physical injury. Road rage, breaking furniture and getting into fights are all common behaviors for people with the disorder. They describe feeling overcome with anger and “out of control.” Some experience a sensation of building tension in the head or chest that is finally released when they react aggressively. The explosions are typically brief, less than 30 minutes, and are not premeditated, or aimed at some tangible objective. Adolescents and young adults with IED are at a higher risk of intentionally harming themselves or committing suicide.