Intermittent Explosive Disorder in Adolescents

Intermittent explosive disorder in adolescents is not what we as adults commonly think of with teenagers who become explosive when asked to complete a task or correct behavior. This disorder can be frightening for those who have witnessed the effects of someone who has been diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder (IED). This adolescent has or performs an act of rage that is disproportionate to the triggering event. For example, the youth has been asked to clean his room and the response is to physically attack the adult requesting the task and to destroy the contents of the room. Individuals suffering from IED have described themselves as feeling as though they have lost control of their emotions and the anger just takes over. People who have ...

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