What is a intermittent explosive disorder ?

What is a intermittent explosive disorder ?

Kimberly Barajas, Contributor

The intermittent explosive disorder can be repeated, sudden episodes of impulsive, aggressive, violent behavior or angry verbal outbursts in which you react grossly out of proportion to the situation. Road rage, domestic abuse, throwing or breaking objects, or other temper tantrums may be signs of intermittent explosive disorder. The intermittent explosive disorder is a chronic disorder that can continue for years, although the severity of outbursts may decrease with age.

  • Symptoms 

Explosive eruptions occur suddenly, with little or no warning, and usually last less than 30 minutes. These episodes may occur frequently or be separated by weeks or months of nonaggression. Less severe verbal outbursts may occur in between episodes of physical aggression. You may be irritable, impulsive, aggressive or chronically angry most of the time.

  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Increased energy
  • Racing thoughts
  • Tinging
  • Tremors
  • Palpitations
  • Chest tightness


The intermittent explosive disorder can begin in childhood, after the age of 6 years or during the teenage years. It’s more common in younger adults than in older adults. The exact cause of the disorder is unknown, but it’s probably caused by a number of environmental and biological factors. It can be caused by stress, family problems, and financial issues. For some people, anger is caused by an underlying disorder such as alcoholism or depression.

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