Intermittent Explosive Disorder and Its Impacts on Relationships

By Helen Massy, May 23, 2022

Alex Dimitriu, M.D., board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California and BrainfoodMD supplements, explained the main challenge in diagnosis is teasing apart IED from anxiety, stress, depression or sleep deprivation, as these conditions are far more common. “People act explosively with temper tantrums and rage when they are at their wit’s end, exhausted or overworked, and the smallest thing will make them snap,” Dimitriu said. “Sleep deprivation is a common reason people can become more impulsive and short-tempered. Being overworked, stressed, depressed or anxious and reactive can also make people react suddenly and intensely.”

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