Symptom Tests for Children

[Self-Test] Could Your Teen Have Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

If your family walks on eggshells to avoid triggering an explosive, unpredictable, sometimes violent reaction from your teen, then we recommend taking this symptom test for Intermittent Explosive Disorder and sharing the results with a medical professional.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Reviewed by J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D., a member of the ADDitude ADHD Specialist Panel

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 IED, 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.


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What To Do Next:

1. Take This Test: Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children
2. Learn more about Intermittent Explosive Disorder
3. Find a specialist nearby who could help in our ADDitude Directory
4. Read When Anger Overpowers Logic — and Love
5. Download Get a Grip on Tough Emotions

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