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What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder? A Quiz
Are you concerned that you or someone you know may have Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)? IED disorder is not common, but it can be challenging to manage. Often people suffering from IED disorder do not seek treatment and do not take responsibility for their outbursts, instead seeing their rage as justified.
If you or the person you suspect may have IED disorder answers yes to more than one or two of these questions, it may be time to seek help.
- Have you ever had an angry outburst in which you lost control of your behavior and assaulted another person? Has this happened more than once? How often has this occurred?
- If yes, was your reaction out of proportion to the situation? In other words, looking back on what happened and your reaction, would you say you overreacted?
- Have you ever lost control of your behavior and damaged property (keyed a car or broken windows, etc.)? Has this happened more than once? How many times have you damaged property in this way?
- If yes, after the fact would you say that your reaction was more intense than the situation warranted?
- Would the people who know you best call you an angry person?
- Do you experience “road rage?”
- Have you ever been in trouble with the law, stopped by police, ticketed or arrested for actions related to your angry outbursts?
- Have you ever lost a friend, partner, spouse or other close relationship because of your angry outbursts?
- Do you lose control of your behavior when you have these angry outbursts, despite your best efforts to stay in control and resist these angry impulses?
IED disorder can only be diagnosed after other illnesses such as mood disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are ruled out. The angry outbursts and loss of control must not be due to any other illness, medical or psychological, in order to diagnose IED disorder.
In many cases, psychotherapy can help. You can reduce the frequency and severity of the outbursts and gain control of your anger. Feeling in control and confident can lead to feeling less angry overall — and that’s a win-win!