Your Child's angry behavior could be Intermittent Explosive Disorder
01 Apr 2016
Is your child facing anger mismanagement? Are you observing increased aggression and rage in your child? Are you observing increased violent behavior in your child? Do you observe them getting easily into arguments with each one or anyone? Does your child appear to be irritable and frustrated for majority of the time? Do you see repetitive sudden episodes of impulsive aggression & violent behavior in your child. This pattern of anger outbursts is known as Intermittent Explosive Disorder, commonly known as Anger Disorder. This can cause significant negative impact on work, peer relationship, school, and relationship with family member.
It is usually seen in above 8 year old children or adolescence period.
Below are given signs and symptoms of intermittent explosive disorder:
Signs and Symptoms of Intermittent Explosive disorder
Picking up fights quickly and easily
Increased feeling of irritability
Damaging furniture or property
Excessive shouting and hauling with or without reason
Increased verbal abuse
Harming and threatening other individuals
Causes behind Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Exact cause behind it has not been found but, it seems to be a result of number of environmental and biological factors.
Biological Factors: Genes play a role and is passed on from one generation to another. First degree relative have a higher chances of getting Intermittent Explosive Disorder. Environmental Factors: there can be many environmental factors which can act as a cause as given below:
Dysfunctional family: when a child grows up in an unstable family, where they frequently observe physical or verbal abuse, emotional abuse, increased frustration and aggression in family members, alcohol or substance abuse then it is likely that a child might develop intermittent explosive disorder.
Harsh Punishment: children who have to go through harsh physical punishment, tend to show the same behavior towards other as it gives them some sense of relief. Some children do enjoy doing it by seeing other suffering from same as they have gone through.
Media: exposure to media may act as a step for children towards being aggressive and impulsive. Don’t you think the aggressive and rage acts by individuals in our society shown in media have direct influence on your child? Give it a thought!
Games: nowadays so many aggressive video games are available like Alien: Isolation, Blue Estate, and Lords of Shadow-II to name the few. Direct link has been found between regular playing of video games having violence and the player aggressive and impulsive behavior.
However, no single factor in isolation acts as a consistent factor for development of intermittent explosive disorder.
Aggression can be a learned behavior which can be unlearned with the process of psychotherapy as it helps one to rectify the triggers of the problem, its consequences with detailed assessment as well as modifying current maladaptive behavior further helping one to handle situations in a better way.
Don’t avoid or ignore such aggressive behavior of your child as it may have further negative influence on their personality or risk of acquiring other disorder in adulthood involving substance abuse, bipolar disorder to name the few.
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