Explosive Personality Disorder
Some symptoms the person may feel leading up to an episode is an intense feeling of wanting to hurt something sometimes with no legitimate reason for being upset, intense irritability or rage, an increase in energy, and their thoughts racing. One report I read stated “Some individuals may also report that their aggressive episodes are often preceded or accompanied by symptoms such as tingling, tremors, palpitations, chest tightness, head pressure, or hearing an echo.”
This disorder is still being studied and there is no pinpoint of what causes this to happen. Some known facts are: it is more common with men, majority of people diagnosed with this disorder have occurrences of episodes from late adolescence to late twenties, and it is considered rare but more and more diagnoses are being made. Women who experience episodes most often report them during PMS.
The best treatment for this disorder is a combination of medication accompanied by behavior modification techniques. A person suffering from IED will go through tests for other personality disorders such as bipolar, ADHD, and antisocial disorder. Currently there is no known way to prevent IED.
I do not intend for this article to be a way to dismiss or make an excuse for domestic violence occurrences in your home or the home of someone you know who is being abused. During the calming part of an episode, you may suggest to your abuser that this could be a probable cause of their violent behavior. This could open dialogue for the two of you to seek professional help.
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