Friday, January 09, 2009

Intermittent Explosive Disorder

An article in today's Wall St Journal mentioned "intermittent explosive order." It appears to be more common that I recognized. According to the Mayo Clinic:

Intermittent explosive disorder is characterized by repeated episodes of aggressive, violent behavior in which you react grossly out of proportion to the situation. People with intermittent explosive disorder may attack others and their possessions, causing bodily injury and property damage. Later, people with intermittent explosive disorder may feel remorse, regret or embarrassment.

Intermittent explosive disorder occurs most often in young men and may affect as many as one in 14 U.S. adults.

Most people with this disorder grew up in families where explosive behavior and verbal and physical abuse were common. Being exposed to this type of violence at an early age makes it more likely for these children to exhibit these same traits as they mature.

There may also be a genetic component, causing the disorder to be passed down from parents to children.

So, roughly 1 of 14 parents could have this disorder? And 1 in 8 babies could have colic? Not a good mix...

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