Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Alternate Names : Episodic Dyscontrol Syndrome
Intermittent explosive disorder is marked by sudden, unpredictable acts of violent, aggressive behavior in otherwise normal persons. The reaction is out of proportion to the event that triggers or provokes the outburst.
What is going on in the body?
The exact cause of intermittent explosive disorder is not known. Some evidence suggests there may be a link between this disorder and mild neurological problems similar
to those associated with some learning disabilities.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
The cause of intermittent explosive disorder is not known. It may be caused by an abnormality in the nervous system. Things that increase a person's risk for the disorder include the following:
a caregiver who is antisocial
child abuse and neglect
conflict with a spouse or significant other
parents who abuse drugs or alcohol
lower socioeconomic status
parents who are not consistent in their availability or discipline