Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a mental health disorder that can affect children, teenagers, and adults. Children and youth who have IED experience short periods of intense, unexpected anger and violent behavior. These feelings seem to come out of nowhere, and they often feel they have no control over their anger. IED usually shows up in late childhood or the early teen years.
Kids with IED often have tantrums (past the age when tantrums are developmentally typical), outbursts or fights. Less frequently, they may also have more serious rages where they physically harm people, animals or things. IED causes problems with kids’ family lives, school performance, and friendships.
If your child or teen is experiencing these symptoms, start by talking with your family physician or pediatrician. They can help rule out other causes, which may include physical/medical issues, substance use, traumatic stress, or other conditions, and refer you to qualified treatment providers. Treatment for IED is available and may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication.
Learn more about Intermittent Explosive Disorder on the Child Mind Institute’s website at the link below: