What Is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?
Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) affects 1 out of every 12 teenagers, according to the Depression Alliance. IED — and its outbursts of sudden rage, anger, and frustration — can negatively impact family life, social relationships, and academic performance. Symptoms typically appear in late childhood or adolescence, but children may show signs as young as 6 years old, according to Child Mind Institute.
Answer the following questions to determine if your teenager shows possible signs of Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and then share the results with a medical professional for further evaluation.
This questionnaire is designed to determine whether your teen demonstrates symptoms similar to those of intermittent explosive disorder (IED). If you answer ‘Very Frequently’ or ‘Often’ to a significant number of these questions, consult a licensed mental health practitioner. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation.
Has your teen described a feeling of pressure that builds up in his or her chest and head prior to having an explosive episode? They may have a headache, palpitations, a tingling feeling, or tremors during the time when the pressure is building, during the episode, or shortly after. They may have racing thoughts and the feeling that they cannot control their thoughts.
Has your teen caused physical injury to other people — siblings, parents, other relatives, peers, or people he or she does not know? The injury may be mild, such as falling after being pushed or shoved, or more serious, such as from a punch or a weapon.
When your teen is frustrated or angry, does it often lead to violent behavior? For example, does it seem he or she is unable to control their emotions and may lash out by yelling, swearing, hitting, pushing, kicking, or breaking objects without any regard to property?