So now if you get pissed off and toss the lawnmower they think you're a psychotic and want to sell you pills.
Anger disorder more common than thought
Tue Jun 6, 2006 1:47 PM BST
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A surprising number of Americans suffer from a psychiatric disorder marked by angry, often violent, outbursts, -- called intermittent explosive disorder, or IED -- a national survey suggests.
Based on the findings, up to 16 million U.S. adults may have the condition. People with the disorder erupt in reactions that are grossly out of proportion to a perceived provocation -- attacking another person, threatening others with violence or destroying property.
Until now, there had been no good estimates of how prevalent IED is among Americans, and the new findings indicate that it is much more common than experts have suspected.
The survey, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, included a nationally representative sample of 9,282 U.S. adults. Standard diagnostic interviews showed that when IED was broadly defined -- three or more outbursts in a person's lifetime -- 7 percent of respondents had suffered the disorder at some point.
Just over 5 percent met a narrower IED definition of three anger "attacks" in one year.
On average, these men and women started showing signs of IED at age 14, which means that early diagnosis may be vital to preventing the long-term consequences of the disorder, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Ronald C. Kessler of Harvard Medical School in Boston.
IED commonly preceded other mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. And while 60 percent of survey respondents with the disorder said they had received psychiatric treatment for some emotional or substance abuse problem, relatively few -- 29 percent -- ever got help specifically for their anger.
The implication, according to Kessler and his colleagues, is that people with IED are typically being treated for problems that arise secondary to the disorder, rather than the IED itself.
An important question, they conclude, is whether early detection and treatment of IED can prevent later depression, substance abuse and other mental health problems.
Since IED so often arises at a young age, the researchers write, early detection "would most reasonably take place in schools and might well be an important addition to school-based violence prevention programs."
Holy cow! Surely everyone has the odd fit now and again? That's just human nature. I remember last year I got really annoyed. I was late for work, it was boiling and I couldn't turn my bike around to get out of the courtyard because Si's bike was one side and the slightly rotten manky pincnic bench was in the way on the other side.
I tried for about ten minutes to get the darn thing round enough, and it just wasn't happening. I guess I should have said something along the lines of 'Oh fiddle! This is so irritating!' But instead I kicked the table to bits and sent it flying.
Rational? No. But it made me feel better.
This has to confuse kids also. We sit and tell them drugs are bad for you while we are sitting there munching on a handful of them.
Excellent point Scrat. That is why it is important to explain to children what you are taking and why. Not only is it important that kids understand some drugs keep you alive, but it also helps in case of emergency so they can tell 911. Unfortunately, we live in a society where there is a pill for everything and some doctors are prescription happy. Take medicine for IED and the kids are going to think they need it for a normal temper tantrum.