Intermittent explosive disorder in adults: Clinical features, assessment, and diagnosis
- Emil Coccaro, MD
Emil Coccaro, MD
- Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
- The University of Chicago
Patients with intermittent explosive disorder are periodically unable to restrain impulses that result in verbal or physical aggression [1-3]. The aggressive behaviors are unplanned, out of proportion to the provocation, and cause subjective distress or psychosocial impairment.
This topic reviews the clinical features, assessment, and diagnosis of intermittent explosive disorder. The epidemiology, pathogenesis, treatment, and prognosis are discussed separately. (See "Intermittent explosive disorder in adults: Epidemiology and pathogenesis" and "Intermittent explosive disorder in adults: Treatment and prognosis".)
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