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Intermittent Explosive Disorder Symptoms

(Also Known As: Anger Management Symptoms, Anger Symptoms, Stress Management Symptoms, Rage Symptoms, Impulsive Control Disorder Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

The general symptoms of intermittent explosive disorder are characterized by the following:

  • Failure to resist aggressive impulses that result in serious injury and destruction of property.
  • The degree of aggressiveness or rage is out of proportion to the precipitating stressors.
  • Describes an intense impulse to become aggressive before the aggressive act is carried out.
  • Feelings of irritability, increased energy, anger and racing thoughts throughout the aggressive impulses.
  • Depression and fatigue is felt after a tantrum.
  • The aggressive and explosive behavior is often preceded by the sensations of tremor, chest tightness, tingling, palpitations, hearing an echo and head pressure.
  • Aggressive episodes are preceded by a sense of arousal and tension immediately followed by sense of relief. After the act, the person may feel embarrassed, remorseful and upset about their violent and aggressive behavior.
  • The explosive behavior usually lasts for 10 to 20 minutes with episodes clustered together or separated with weeks or months of non-aggressive behavior.

The violent and aggressive behavior of the individual with intermittent explosive disorder does not occur all the time. It is highly episodic and once it is triggered the person with impulse control disorder cannot resist the impulse to exhibit verbal or physical aggression.

Could You Have Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

Intermittent Explosive Disorder Topics

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