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Uncontrollable Anger More Common Among Youth than Before


Uncontrollable Anger More Common Among Youth than Before

(epharmanews) – A new study from Harvard Medical School found that severe attacks of uncontrollable anger are more common among adolescents now than previously recognized.

The study found that about 70 percent of adolescents in the United States have experienced an anger attack that involved threatening violence, destroying property or engaging in violence toward others at some point in their lives. It also found that one in 12 young people, about six million adolescents, meet criteria for a diagnosis of Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), a syndrome characterized by persistent uncontrollable anger attacks not accounted for by other mental disorders.

The finding, published in Archives of General Psychiatry, also show IED is under-treated: although 37.8 percent of youths with IED obtained treatment for emotional problems in the 12 months prior to the study interview, only 6.5 percent received treatment specifically for anger.

“If we can detect IED early and intervene with effective treatment right away, we can prevent a substantial amount of future violence perpetration and associated psychopathology,” said senior author Ronald Kessler, McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy at HMS and leader of the team that carried out the study.

IED has an average onset in late childhood and tends to be quite persistent through the middle years of life. It is associated with the later onset of numerous other problems, including depression and substance abuse, according to Kessler.

One who has had three episodes of impulsive aggressiveness can be diagnosed with IED. The researchers also insisted that to be diagnosed with IED the adolescent must not meet criteria for other mental disorders associated with aggression such as bipolar disorder, attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. As a result, researchers found that 1 in 12 adolescents met criteria for IED.


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